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12-Year-Old Is Battling With ‘Tree Man’, A Disease That Caused Her Chest And Arm To Look Like A Bark

This twelve-year-old girl has been diagnosed with a disease called Tree Man, which is slowly transforming her body into a tree.

Muktamoni, from Bangladesh, has been ravaged by ‘tree-man’ disease.

Muktamoni, from Bangladesh, has been ravaged by ‘tree-man’ disease.

The girl is in unbearable pain as the right side of her chest stretching down to her hand has turned completely brown – resembling that of bark.

Her right hand, which is infested with parasites, also appears to be growing uncontrollably, coiling up and making it impossible for her to use.

But strangely, the other side of her chest is unaffected, in spite of doctors saying the disease has spread through her entire body.

Her right hand, which is infested with parasites, also appears to be growing uncontrollably, coiling up and making it impossible for her to use.

Currently Muktamoni is at Dhaka Medical College Hospital receiving help, her father Ibrahim Hossain told reporters.

It is uncertain whether the girl actually has epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV) or not, the strange condition dubbed ‘tree-man disease’.

If she was found to be affected, figures suggest it would make her just one of half a dozen sufferers in the world.

EV is a rare and inherited skin disorder which creates wart-like lesions and reddish-brown pigmented plaques anywhere on the body.

In order to inherit the disease two abnormal EV genes, one from each parent, must be present, medical literature states.

the other side of her chest is unaffected, in spite of doctors saying the disease has spread through her entire body.

No serious treatment against the condition, which is triggered by HPV, has been found, yet several treatments have been suggested.

Bark-like warts

Muktamoni’s story comes after MailOnline reported in January about a man dubbed the ‘tree-man’, also from Bangladesh. Abul Bajander had bark-like warts on his body, but underwent treatment that doctors hoped would cure him of his condition. At the time, the 27-year-old was believed to be one of only four people in the world to be diagnosed with the rare genetic condition.

Tell-tale growths 

In the same month, the tale of a 10-year-old Bangladeshi girl believed to be suffering from the same affliction was told.

Sahana Khatun has the tell-tale distorted growths emerging from her chin, ear and nose, but doctors were unable to confirm the disease.

Other notable cases include a Romanian man named Ion Toader who was diagnosed with the condition in March 2007, and the Dede Koswara, from Indonesia.

photo: dailymail

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