Half man half tree

July 14th, 2008 - 9:07 pm ICT by David M N James  

35 year old Dede, an Indonesian fisherman who feared that he would be killed by tree-like growths covering his body will recover from the ugly warts covering his hands and body. A doctor has prescribed a vitamin A dosage that will help the half man half tree human. Dede’s condition baffled medical experts when he developed warty roots on his arms and feet after cutting his knee in an accident. The roots have spread all over his hands, elongating into nail like feature forcing him to be unable to carry out his daily activities. Subsequently, Dede was sacked, his wife ran away and he has been subject to ridicule. He has been raising his two children on his own.

An American dermatologist expert flew to Dede’s village south of the capital Jakarta has identified his condition. Dr Anthony Gaspari from the University of Maryland diagnosed Dede’s condition as a result of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).The condition has forced cellular machinery of his skin cells to produce massive amounts of the substance that creates the coetaneous horns on his hands and feet. Dede’s condition will be cleared up by a daily dose of a synthetic form of Vitamin A, which has been shown to arrest the growth of warts in severe cases of HPV

According to the doctor ‘He won’t have a perfectly normal body but the warts should reduce in size to the point where he could use his hands, 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”

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