About seven years ago Abul Bajandar (26) discovered some wood-like warts on his arm.
The man from Bangladesh initially thought that these were harmless, until his hands and feet began to resemble rotting tree logs.
This proved to be caused by the rare disease epidermodysplasia verruciformis - a genetic disease that only three other people in the world have ever been affected with.
Now he can get well again.
The British newspaper the Telegraph writes that he last Sunday in the city of Dhaka underwent the first of a total of fifteen operations to remove the "wood".
During the operation doctors removed some of the smaller parts on his right hand.
The operation came after a series of media reports, both in Bangladesh and in international press, where Bajandar has been described as "The tree man from Bangladesh".
The media reports have led to the Government of Bangladesh taking the bill for the operations, and the goal is to remove altogether 5 kg with "wood".
An important reason why it has taken so long to do something about the disease, is the danger of the operations.
In 2008, an Indonesian woman went through a similar operation, but it is still uncertain whether the doctors can remove the growth of "wood" without damaging the nervous system.
- We can not guarantee that there will not be new outbreaks after the operations, said Samanta Lal Sen, the surgeon who led the operation last week, according to the Telegraph.
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