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"Dede Kosawa (a.k.a. "Tree Man") lives in a remote village in Indonesia and has an incredible skin condition. Root-like structures grow out of his body; branches that can grow up to 5cm a year which protrude from his hands and feet, and welts covering his whole body."
Dede feared he could be killed by the Epidermodysplasia verruciformis covering his body, but "has been given hope of recovery by an American doctor - and Vitamin A" according to the Telegraph (see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1569156/Tree-man-who-grew-roots-may-be-cured.html).
The article in the Telegraph says that after having tested samples of Dede's blood, Dr Anthony Gaspari (University of Maryland) concluded that his affliction is caused by the HPV, which is a fairly common infection, but as Dede seems to have a genetic fault that basically stops his immune system from functioning properly. He was suspected to have AIDS due to his incredibly low amount of WBCs, but tests showed he did not.
The virus was able to 'order' his skin cells to produce high amounts of the substance that causes the tree-like growths on the surface of the skin of his hands, feet, face and chest.
Dr. Gaspari believes that Dede's conditions 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".
The most resilient warts could then be frozen off and the growths on his hands and feet surgically removed.
I found this article really interesting but also so, so sad, especially after having watched the video... The man just radiates sadness.
Does anybody know if he's been cured yet? Please post back with any comments or further info!