Meet the little boy who suffers from an extremely rare condition that makes his hands and feet look like they’re turning into trees.
The body of seven-year-old Ripon Sarker is covered in scaly warts because he suffers from the condition known as ‘epidermodysplasia verruciformis’.
Youngster Ripon, from Thakurgaon, Bangladesh, was only admitted to hospital for the first time this month because his family couldn’t afford treatment.
The young boy was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on August 20.
His dad Mahendra Das said: “They haven’t carried out tests on him. Physicians say they will look into this matter before treatment.”
Poor Ripon cannot walk or eat by himself because of his tree-like features – but doctors have said they are hopeful that his hands and feet are operable as his fingers and toes and can still be identified.
Ripon’s symptoms match the ones of 26-year-old Abul Bajander – dubbed ‘ tree man’ – who also has the same condition and was recently operated at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Burn and plastic surgery unit coordinator Samanta Lal Sen said: “We are hopeful about the child’s situation.