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Tree Man Who Grew Roots may be cured.

Posted by Anonymous on October 16, 2008

http://www.weirdasianews.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/tree-man-surgery.jpgAn 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 – and Vitamin A. …

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. Dede’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.  Dede’s counts of a key type of white blood cell are so low that Dr Gaspari initially suspected he may have the Aids virus. But tests showed he did not, and it became clear that Dede’s immune condition was something far rarer and more mysterious. …

Here are some photos from before his first treatment:

http://www.internetakias.gr/wp-content/uploads/2007/57bc42eb7399_271F/treeman.jpg

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.

http://www.geekologie.com/2008/04/16/tree-man-2.jpg

“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. – telegraph

This guy really freaks my friend out.  I like trees, so I think it would be great if he turned all the way into an Ent. But seriously, we are not so amazingly different from trees:

Dr. Eleanor White
It’s hard to believe, but each tree has unique DNA. Tree DNA is surprisingly similar to human DNA. It has the same basic building blocks. It has the same bases. They’re arranged in the same way. The genetic code is the same in trees and in humans. There’s a surprising similarity. – science.gc.ca

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36 Responses to “Tree Man Who Grew Roots may be cured.”

  1. Patrick said

    That’s fascinating. I hope the patients aren’t in pain…

  2. tarik said

    what is the disease called???

  3. Claire Farmer said

    After reading about this rare, extreme rare condition that this poor man has, i sure hope that the doctors do find a cure for him. No one needs to go through life looking and feeling like a tree.
    may god bless

    • Gioblob said

      I can’t understand how someone can show compassion with this man’s suffering, and end her comment with “May God bless”! Obviously there can’t be a God who would punish a human with a disease like that. Otherwise this God of yours must be the meanest S.. of a B.. in the universe.

      Anyways, as this man, together with other unfortunate folks are doing curiosity performances (some call it Freak Shows), and as he comes from a poor family, he, at the end, refused treatment, fearing for his income.
      This is surely the worst punishment, to have to continue living like that out of fear to end up without any money to buy some food. Can there really be a God this cruel??????????

      • Licorice99 said

        Yes.. there is a God. He doesn’t cause suffering, but he allows it to happen if it is for our benefit. Obviously this man has learned unique lessons and gained wisdom and insight he may not have had otherwise. Once we are afflicted we can share our faith and knowledge with other people, and ease their burdens or help them in some way. it’s all a circle. It all goes around. and in the end everything will be okay. there is life after this and the mortal state of a human being’s spirit is fleeting and not permanent. he won’t be like that forever.
        may God bless.

  4. ADRIANA MONTENEGRO said

    MUY TRISTE LA CONDICIÓN DE ESTE HOMBRE,DIOS QUIERA PUEDAN CURARLO,O AL MENOS DARLE UNA MEJOR CALIDAD DE VIDA.

    • Silvia said

      dios evidentemente no quiere… porque si asi fuera, ese dios del que hablas jamas habria permitido que algo asi sucediera

  5. Trish said

    tarik….the disease is called Human Pappiloma Virus or just (HPV). It’s actually a very common disease and many folks carry it, but it doesn’t usually do this. This case is rare, and just simply one of those curiosities.

  6. JJ said

    Lord, I don’t want to sleep with the person that gave him this.

  7. Debby said

    wonder what it looks like if he gets a woody!

  8. POLAR BEAR said

    GOB BLESS AND I HOPE HE GET’S BETTER.
    ;)

  9. STEPHANIE said

    omg i hope he gets better and finds the help he needs…:'(

  10. I would like to know his outcome. I fell asleep the last hr. of the showing.
    My prayer is he and his family will have a great life.

  11. Mike w said

    I DON’T want to see him with a woody

  12. Kevin McCowsky said

    Nobody deserves to go through life looking like this or being looked at differently then everybody else. Nobody deserves that in life. So dont make fun of him you arrogant pricks, support him and hope he gets better.
    jm

  13. thomas said

    this is fucked up man
    if he stands in a forest you wont even see him

  14. shaquita said

    Ehyy soo here’s my opinion on diss . . .

    OMG SERIOUSLY YHUU KANN SERIOUSLYY NOT BE ABLE TO SEE HIM. he blends in soo much .

    wow sux to be him cuz homequrll dhats ugly!!!

    hopefully dha women he slept wit shoots herself b/c look what she did 2 him .

    ay dioss mioo!!!

    GOD BLESS DISS MANN .. SERIOUS SHXT MANN.

    love yahh

    • WJRowland said

      Apologies but i had more amusement reading this attempt at a sympathetic letter, than i did looking at this poor man. Sorry but i don’t speak ghetto. Also, the hood called. They wont there name back.

  15. nausheen said

    ah.tht’s so terrifying!may god bless this person and the doctors help him get out of this!

  16. KjNG Tut said

    It just goes 2 show that the same elements that it takes to create a tree are the same elements that make up the human body only in a different form… We all are small universes on the inside (why else would they call it a sol-plexus (sol from old latin meaning sun/center of chest cavity and univerese). The same elements in a car are in us as well… people please study theese dis-eases are man made… GOD BLESS THIS MAN AND MAY HE OVERCOME THIS TINY OBSTACLE IN HIS WAY ! Tut ! 100

  17. Karels.le said

    It’s caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The human papillomavirus is the name for a group of viruses that includes more than 100 different strains or types. Over 30 of these different viruses are sexually transmitted. But I don’t think the strain that he has is transmittable. The problem here is that he came in contact with it and his immune system could not fight it off like a normal person would.

    Just like if I caught chicken pox and had never had it before. (Which btw Chicken pox is a form of Herpes, too.)

    In some cases people can also have flare ups of things like shingles when they are very stressed out, have a low immune system, or they are weak after a major surgery.

    The Chicken Pox virus lies dormant in your nerves and when the time comes they spring up out and cause horrible painful blisters. And that is supposed transmittable to those who have NOT have Chicken Pox so be careful! And if you stay healthy and try to remain stress free (yeah right! lol)you should be fine!

  18. get well soon!!!!
    It’s caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The human papillomavirus is the name for a group of viruses that includes more than 100 different strains or types. Over 30 of these different viruses are sexually transmitted. But I don’t think the strain that he has is transmittable. The problem here is that he came in contact with it and his immune system could not fight it off like a normal person would.

    Just like if I caught chicken pox and had never had it before. (Which btw Chicken pox is a form of Herpes, too.)

    In some cases people can also have flare ups of things like shingles when they are very stressed out, have a low immune system, or they are weak after a major surgery.

    The Chicken Pox virus lies dormant in your nerves and when the time comes they spring up out and cause horrible painful blisters. And that is supposed transmittable to those who have NOT have Chicken Pox so be careful! And if you stay healthy and try to remain stress free (yeah right! lol)you should be fine!

    btw this is a mean coment from a big dawgg

    this is fucked up man
    if he stands in a forest you wont even see him

    love ya CHOW

  19. my email nierva_love@hotmail.com

  20. AWWWWWWWWWW i feel so bad for this poor man and his son of a bitch wife left him but you know what thats ok he doesnt need her shes a bitch ♥♥♥ i send my love out to him and i hopw they find a cure

    xox
    love ya ♥
    Taffi babi face

  21. karen said

    You guys are so mean talking about a “woody” is that what you want to see? Then you can get married to him and find out.

  22. Olivier said

    Wow. I hope the doctors can get him some decent treatment. I really feel sorry for the guy.

    If there really was a god, this would, once more, be a good example of his cruelty. May god be less.

    greets

  23. Naftal said

    with tha help of Dr Anthony God wil see Dede thru’ with this peculiar condition.hope they aint painful.

  24. hey i seen this full story on discovery networks… now he is fine and doing good….
    i always pray god no one get these kind of condition in world. he bear lots of pain.

  25. soooooooooooooooooo sad, wishin him quick recovery

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