Israeli doctors save hand of Gaza ‘tree man’ in successful surgery

A Gaza resident suffering from a rare complication caused by HPV, leading to what is known as "tree man syndrome," successfully underwent surgery at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center conducted by Israeli doctors. “This is a very rare case that has no record at all in medical books,” stated one of the doctors.
Mohammed Taluli’s hand before surgery Photo Credit: Hadassah Spokesperson/Channel 2 News

Gaza resident Mohammed Taluli suffered from a rare severe medical condition that Israeli doctors had never encountered before: His hand was covered in strange tumors that had been growing for over a decade, causing what is also known as "tree man syndrome."

“This is a very rare case that has no record at all in medical books,” stated Orthopedist Dr. Chernovsky, who specializes in hands and plastic surgery at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center where Taluli was treated.

42-year-old Taluli suffers from a complication of human papillomavirus (HPV) and sought medical treatment in Egypt and Nablus. However, Taluli claims that “the specialists at Hadassah were the only ones who gave me hope for recovery.”

“I have much experience with difficult and complicated cases, but definitely none like this,” Dr. Chernovsky said. “Nowhere in the world is there documentation within the professional literature about treating a case like this.” Dr. Chernovsky added that he had only heard of one other isolated case like Taluli’s, in which a man from Bangladesh suffered from the same condition and underwent 16 surgeries.



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