Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Dhaka: A medical board yesterday decided to operate within a week on Shahana Khatun, possibly the country’s first female with tree-man syndrome.
Medical examinations, including blood tests and biopsy, have already been done.
Shahana might need two surgeries initially, said Samanta Lal Sen, national coordinator of burn services in Bangladesh.
Doctors are planning to remove bark-like warts from her ear, face and knee.
Like Abul Bajandar, they wish to help the 10-year-old girl, find a solution to the rarest skin disorder, in which warts triggered by a virus thicken and harden into horns before branching out from the skin.
“We received an e-mail from an American lab in Los Angeles, which asked for Shahana’s blood, tissue and saliva samples for the diagnosis, said Dr Sen, one of the 6 member medical board.
Asked about Bajandar’s lab report, he said the American lab was still testing his samples intensely to diagnose his illness. Hopefully, a complete report will come soon.
Headed by burn and plastic surgery unit chief Abul Kalam Azad, the medical board will treat Shahana completely free of charge, Dr Sen said, adding that he had recently heard about three to four more similar cases.
Daughter of a poor farmer in Netrokona, Shahana got prickly rashes on her face when she was only a year old. When she turned six, those began to grow and spread, raising alarm.
Two years later, rashes began to grow over her ears and right leg knee. Frantically, her father took her to a homoeopathic doctor whose prescribed medicines she had for a month, but nothing changed.
Source by: Internet