Man dubbed ‘Bubble Wrap Man’ shunned due to thousands of tumours on his body

A man with a rare skin condition has been dubbed the “Bubble Wrap Man’ after he was left with a four stone tumour on his leg and thousands of smaller ones across his body.

The benign tumours, thought to be caused by a rare genetic disorder, cover 65-year-old Diwalar Bisoye from head to toe.

The former farmer claims that he is treated worse than a “dirty stray animal” and is made to wear a balaclava over his face because of the cruel taunts of his neighbours.

When Diwakar first began to develop tumours on his body 15 years ago it began with just a few small lumps, but within months they had spread across his body.

He is desperate to find a cure for his condition but claims that there is no treatment available in Odisha State, East India where he lives in an isolated village.

While Diwakar's condition is not thought to be life threatening, he said: "People mock and ridicule me directly. They stare at me and avoid me."

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Diwakar added: "Most people act very strange around me. No one likes looking at me or being near me.

"People think I will infect everything.

"Landlords don't want me living in their property or ask me to leave when people complain about my condition. It's left me without a job for 15 years."

Doctors believe that abnormalities in Diwakar’s nervous system caused the genetic disorder which resulted in his tumours.

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Dr Subramania Lyer, professor Plastic & reconstructive surgery, at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kerala, said: "This is a case of multiple neurofibromatosis which means that these nodules arise from nerves traversing the body.

"This is a hereditary genetic disorder and has at present no medical treatment. The only solution is the surgical removal of most troublesome swellings.

"Considering his extensive numbers this may have to be done in stages".

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