Tree Man – Pictures and video clips of the “tree man” whose strange medical condition has turned him into half man, half tree roots as warts grow wildly out of control.
Here is the video of the “Tree Man” on Discovery Channel show:
Dede, a 35-year old Indonesian fisherman called “Tree Man” by local vilagers, baffled medical experts when warty “roots” began growing out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident.
Sacked from his job and deserted by his wife, Dede has been raising his two teenage children in poverty, resigned to the fact that there was no cure for his condition.
To make ends meet he even joined a local “freak show”, parading in front of a paying audience as “Tree Man” alongside victims of other peculiar diseases.
The Tree Man’s problem is that he has a rare genetic fault that impedes his immune system, meaning his body is unable to contain the warts.
The HPV virus was therefore able to “hijack the cellular machinery of his skin cells”, ordering them to produce massive amounts of the substance that caused the tree-like growths known as “cutaneous horns” on his hands and feet.
Dr.Gaspari, who became involved in the case through a Discovery Channel documentary, believes that Dede’s condition can be largely cleared up by a daily doses of a synthetic form of Vitamin A, which has been shown to arrest the growth of warts in severe cases of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).
“He won’t have a perfectly normal body but the warts should reduce in size to the point where he could use his hands,” Dr Gaspari said.
“Over the course of three to six months the warts should be come smaller and fewer in number. He will be living a more normal life.”
The most resilient warts could then be frozen off and the growths on his hands and feet surgically removed.
Dr Gaspari hopes to get the necessary drugs free of charge from pharmaceutical firms. They would then be administered by Indonesian doctors under his supervision.
“I would like to bring him to the US to run tests on where his immune condition has come from, but I would need funding and to get him a visa as well as someone to cover the costs of the tests,” he said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire career.”
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