Sunday, November 25, 2007

Man Turning Into A Tree?

Found this video by accident and wanted to share it. My sister mentioned that this was in the local papers recently. Could this be a curse?



Here are extracts of the rare documented case:

*Dede, an Indonesian fisherman, now 35 y.o, baffled medical experts when warty "roots" began growing out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident.

*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.

*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.

*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 (Human Papilloma Virus)

Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=MLYGYKBGOGQ2DQFIQMFSFGGAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2007/11/12/wtree112.xml

Here is a follow up clip with the doctor consulting Dede in hopes of treating him.

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