A father with 'tree man syndrome' can 'finally live a normal life' after undergoing surgery to remove the bark-like growths from his hands.
Mahmoud Taluli, 44, suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV). This is thought to be caused by the immune system being unable to fight off wart-causing viruses like HPV.
After being unable to use his hands for more than a decade, Mr Taluli, of Gaza, had thousands of painful lesions removed from all over his body more than two years ago.
However, the growths, which are described as looking like tree bark, grew back, forcing him to endure four operations since 2017.
To get to the bottom of the problem once and for all, Mr Taluli is due to have a fifth procedure to remove the 'roots' of the lesions within the next few months.
This should stop the growths spreading and relieve the pain of them pressing on his nerves.
Despite all he has endured, Mr Taluli insists his surgeries have 'changed his life' and mean he can finally play with his children.
Mahmoud Taluli, who suffers from 'tree man syndrom' can 'finally live a normal life' after undergoing surgery to remove the bark-like growths on his hands. He is pictured after the operation at the Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, with his surgeon Dr Michael Chernofsky
Thousands of painful lesions covered Mr Taluli's body, particularly his left hand (pictured). This left him in chronic pain, unable to use his hand and embarrassed every time he left the house. The 'bark' is actually warts caused by Mr Taluli's inability to fight off viruses like HPV
Speaking of his procedures, Mr Taluli said: 'After years of suffering and solitude, I can finally live a normal life.
'The surgery has completely changed my life. I can play with my children,' NPR reported.
Mr Taluli's condition first appeared around a decade ago. For years he endured chronic pain and was embarrassed every time he left the house.
While he had limited movement in his right hand, he could not move the left one at all.
Epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV) is a rare, inherited