Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Dede, the Tree Man - WW
Indonesian fisherman Dede, started developing 'roots' from his arms and feet after he accidentally cut his knee when he was 15. His whole body was covered with tree-like growths called "cutaneous horns". They were heavy and he was unable to perform any task.
Growing at a fast rate of 5 mm per month, when Dede tried to cut them off, they grew back even faster! He was turning into a tree!
Dede was married with 2 young kids. Later, his wife abandoned him. To feed his two young kids, he joined a local freak show to earn a living. He was often abused and ridiculed.
Based on blood tests, Dr Anthony Gaspari of the University of Maryland found that Dede's condition was caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). A common human virus, known especially as a leading cause of warts and cancer. It is also the main cause of cervical cancer (95 % of the cases).
In early 2008, 2.2 kg of horny wart tissue was removed from his body. Dede can finally hold a pen and play sudoku for the first time, after so many years. Once more he can use his hands, walk without pain, and even call his friends to chat. To allow Dede a better movement in his fingers, skin from his back and thigh was grafted onto damaged areas.
It's marvellous what the medical profession can do these days. Hopefully this man will regain some normality in his life.
*pictures from Discovery Channel
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