An Indonesian fisherman who is "half man half tree" has been offered new hope of recovery by an American doctor - and Vitamin A.
32 year old Dede, who lives in a remote village in Indonesia with his two children, feared that he would be killed by the tree like growths that cover his body.
Dedes story began when wart like "roots" started growing out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident. The medical world was completely baffled until Dr Anthony Gaspari of the University of Maryland claims to have identified Dede's condition.
Dr Gaspari says his condition is caused by teh Human Papilloma Virus that usually causes smal warts.Dede's problem is that he has a rare genetic fault that impedes his immune system. This means his body is unable to contain the warts. According to Dr. Gaspari, the virus wasable to "hijack the cellular machinery of his skin cells", instructing them to produce hugeamounts of the substance that caused the tree like growths knows as "cutaneous orns" on both his hands and feet.
Dr Gaspari said that Dede's warts should reduce in size to the point where he can use his hands.
December 24, 2007