– Young Bangladesh boy’s body turning into a tree due to a very rare disease
– His feet and arms are covered with tree bark, and now he can’t walk or even eat by himself
– He was sent to hospital for the first time ever this month only because his family couldn’t afford treatment
The body of seven-year-old Ripon Sarker is covered in scaly warts because he suffers from the condition known as “epidermodysplasia verruciformis”.
Ripon was only admitted to hospital for the first time this month because his family couldn't afford treatment.
"They haven't carried out tests on him. Physicians say they will look into this matter before treatment," his dad Mahendra Das said.
Young boy now can’t walk or eat by himself because of his tree-like features. Despite, doctors still hopes that his hands and feet are operable as his fingers and toes and can still be identified.
"We are hopeful about the child's situation,” Burn and plastic surgery unit coordinator Samanta Lal Sen said. “In Abul's case, we couldn't distinguish the warts from his fingers. Ripon's warts have not expanded to that extent yet. He can identify his fingers and toes. We might be able to treat him with fewer operations.”
But the child’s family is extremely poor, so it’s unclear whether they would be able to afford the surgery or not.