This 10 Year Old is World’s First Female to Suffer from “Tree Man Syndrome”

June 17, 2018 Author: Gaurav Shingala
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    World's First Female to Suffer from “Tree Man Syndrome”

    A 10 year old Bangladeshi girl was diagnosed with a rare condition known as “Tree Man Syndrome” underwent a surgery after which her father feared she would never be cured. “They removed the bark-like growths and they grew again more thick and strong,” he said.

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    “I am scared. They said my daughter needed another 8-10 operations. But what’s the guarantee that she will be cured after that.” Surgeons operated on Sahana Khatun and removed some of the bark-like growths she has developed from the extremely rare condition of epidermodysplasia verruciformisa.

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    World's First Female to Suffer from “Tree Man Syndrome”

    The girl is believed to be the first female in the world to suffer from the condition, also known as “tree man syndrome”, and was being treated for free by the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

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    Doctors considered the initial surgery as a success, but Sahana’s father Mohammad Shahjahan said it had only aggravated her condition and he wanted to spare her from further procedures.

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    Samanta Lal Sen, head of the hospital’s burns and plastic surgery unit, said he had wanted to keep the girl in hospital for further surgery but her father, a poor labourer, refused.

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    “He left with his daughter, complaining there was no progress. We asked them to stay a few more weeks for treatment,” Sen said. He has undergone at least 21 surgical procedures to remove huge growths each weighing 5kg, and doctors believe he may be the first sufferer to be cured. Sahana’s father, a widower, said he had also struggled financially during her treatment.

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