Genetics

Bangladeshi girl diagnosed with ‘tree man syndrome’ after sprouting ‘bark-like’ growths on her face

Shahana, 10, suffers from Epidermodysplasia verruciformis, also known as the tree man illness (Rehman Asad / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

After discovering the sprouting of bark-like warts on a 10-year-old Bangladeshi girl’s face, doctors in Dhaka concluded that she might be the first female ever to suffer from a rare disease known as “tree man syndrome.” The girl, Sahana Khatun, is believed to be the victim of a rare genetic condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis or Lewandowsky-Lutz dysplasia, which is characterized by the appearance of bark-like growths and has only four other known cases worldwide.

“We are very poor,” said the girl’s father, Mohammad Shahjahan. “My daughter lost her mother when she was only six. I really hope that the doctors will remove the barks from my beautiful daughter’s face.”

Abul Bajandar, a Bangladeshi man known as “tree man” who also suffers from the disease, has undergone at least 16 operations in the same hospital where Sahana is currently receiving treatment. Bajandar had more than 11 pounds of growths removed from his hands and feet — according to doctors, he could be discharged within the next month as the first person ever to be cured of the condition.

Watch video of Sahana in the hospital below.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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