Tree man ‘who grew roots’ may be cured


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 – and Vitamin A.

Dede, now 35, baffled medical experts when warty “roots” began growing out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident.

The welts spread across his body unchecked and soon he was left unable to carry out everyday household tasks.

Sacked from his job and deserted by his wife, Dede has been raising his two children – now in their late teens – in poverty, resigned to the fact that local doctors had no cure for his condition.

To make ends meet he even joined a local “freak show”, parading in front of a paying audience alongside victims of other peculiar diseases.

Although supported by his extended family, he was often a target of abuse and ridicule in his rural fishing village.

But now an American dermatology expert who flew out to Dede’s home village south of the capital Jakarta claims to have identified his condition, and proposed a treatment that could transform his life.

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4 Responses to Tree man ‘who grew roots’ may be cured

  1. Shawn Wilson says:

    I can only think of one thing after seeing that picture and reading the article………X Files. LOL

  2. Doug says:

    Two words…pruning sheers.

  3. Dan says:

    if this poor soul had not agreed to appear on the Discovery Channel he would have been condemned to spend the rest of his life suffering like this.

  4. amanda says:

    I hate that this man has suffered for so long this way but I promise you this, I will stare at him until they remove the pictures from the interweb. That is AMAZING! Gosh I love the interweb!

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