The Tree Man of Indonesia
Posted on October 9th, 2010 in Indonesia | 1 Comment » |
A 35-year-old man by the name of Dede Koswara has been dubbed as ‘Tree Man’ because of his rare skin deficiency condition that causes root-like structures to grow on his face and body. Dede is a fisherman who lives in a remote village in Indonesia with his two young children whom he care for. His bizarre condition has baffled doctors for more then two decades despite having much of his tree-like growth cut off multiple times by doctors in past years. In August of 2008, Dede had an operation to remove a total of 6 kg (13 lbs) worth of the root-like structures from his body. Sadly, the roots grew back as fast as doctors removed them. The root-like growths increase by 5 millimeters (2 inches) each month with branches that reach as far as 5 cm.
Dede has been abandon by his wife and is no longer able to fish due to the heavy weight on his hands and feet. Dede is still seeking for a cure.
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