Abul Bajandar suffers from an "unbearable" condition which is one of the world's rarest diseases and has had 16 operations to remove the growths from his hands.
The 27-year-old former rickshaw driver was left unable to hold his three-year-old daughter because of the horrific condition. He is believed to be one of only four people in the world to be diagnosed with epidermodysplasia verruciformis.
‘A Bangladeshi father referred to as the "tree man" because of the bark-like warts on his hands and feet is once again able to hold his daughter.’
Abul Bajandar was dubbed the "tree man" because of the large, wood-like warts on his body. The warts are caused by an incredibly rare genetic condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV). Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital have removed five kilos (11 pounds) of growths from Bajandar since they began treating his condition a year ago.
His story came to the attention of doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital last year thanks to media coverage, who offered to treat him free of charge.
"We operated on him at least 16 times to remove the warts," Samanta Lal Sen, a plastic surgery coordinator at the hospital. Plastic surgery coordinator Samanta Lal Sen described Bajandar's recovery as "a remarkable milestone in the history of medical science" and added that his hands and feet were "almost fine".
Abul met his wife Halima Khatun before he contracted the disease, but it had taken hold by the time they married, against her parents' wishes.
The family moved into the hospital a year ago when images of him were published worldwide. Last year an Indonesian man died of the rare genetic condition.