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Indonesian Tree Man May Be Cured

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Indonesian Tree Man May Be Cured

An indonesian man who has a very rare condition known as Human Papilloma Virus may be cured by an American doctor.

An Indonesian fisherman who feared that he would be killed by tree-like growths covering his body has been given hope of recovery by an American doctor.

Dede, 35, baffled medical experts when wart-like “roots” began growing out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident. The warts quickly spread across his body and soon he was left unable to carry out everyday household tasks.

After testing samples of the lesions and Dede’s blood, Dr Anthony Gaspari of the University of Maryland concluded that his affliction is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a fairly common infection that usually causes small warts to develop on sufferers.


Tree Man 1Dede’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 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 hopes to cure the patient with a synthetic form of Vitamin A. The formula has been shown to stop the growth of warts in severe cases of HPV research suggest that a daily dosage should largely clear up Dede’s skin, any warts that remain could 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.”

Dede’s condition has also lead to arguments between the two countries. Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, recently lambasted the US doctor currently treating the 35-year-old man, who has the rare affliction caused by the Human Papilloma Virus.

Mrs. Supari, who famously refused to share bird flu samples with international scientists, claims such samples could be used in the future to make vaccines that the poor could not afford. She told reporters,

“We are offended because the samples were taken from Dede without our permission. If they are taken abroad, they could become lucrative commodities.”

Dr Anthony Gaspari maintains that he took the samples for humanitarian reasons only expressing his sole motivation was to treat the man.

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