The tree-man

Turning in to a tree must be a horrifying experience…

Dede is a 35 year old Indonesian fisherman who until recently thought he would be killed by the tree-like worts covering most of his body. It all started after he accidentally cut his knee as a teenager. Small warts started appearing on his hands and feet and, in time, they got so big and numerous that he lost use of his hands and couldn’t perform any household activity. His wife walked out on him and he had to take care of his children in terrible conditions. He was forced to join a local freak show, alongside people with different, peculiar diseases, just to put food on the table.

The local doctors could do nothing to help him and he was sure he was going to die from his condition, as the warts started to spread all over his body. Thankfully, a famous US dermatologist, from the University of Maryland, learned of his condition and thought he could help. He came to Indonesia, examined Dede, took blood samples and discovered that this terrible condition, that’s literally turning a man into a tree is caused by the common Human Papilloma Virus responsible for the small warts people get on their hands. Unfortunately for Dede he had a genetic fault that made his immune system helpless against the virus, it just couldn’t contain it, so it was free to grow inside his body. He came to the conclusion that a form of vitamin A could reduce the quantity of warts and hopefully help him regain control of his hands.

After a series of financial and political setbacks, Dede has started receiving treatment and is currently making progress.

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Feedback (35 Comments)

  • JUDY Posted on April 25, 2008

    I knew it wasn’t true when I saw the hands and feet. I think this was tasteless as there are people with real problems but the photo shopping is well done. jkg

  • Disgusted Posted on May 1, 2008

    You’re a moron, jkg. This story is very real. I guess someone photoshopped the video of a doctor from the University of Maryland visiting him? And the pictures after his operation? Tasteless is as tasteless does.

  • barney Posted on May 1, 2008

    Fuck you Judy. Stupid asshole. Inform yourself better before judging.

  • youuu Posted on May 20, 2008

    yea judy u should watch your mouth cuz this shit is real

  • mr h(orny) Posted on July 4, 2008

    mmm hot

  • findmehkg Posted on July 9, 2008

    Hey judy
    I thinkl you need to grow up fast and also read more books.
    If you cannot say anything nice. just dont open your mouth at all.

  • jodie Posted on August 26, 2008

    this is so sad im srry this happened to you.

  • michelle Posted on August 26, 2008

    yeah, stuff like this happens, its just so sad that most of the time it happens to people with no money, and its very difficult to even do anything to help themselves. and yeah, judy, shut the fuck up, youre naive. not everything is photoshopped

  • ummm Posted on September 5, 2008

    that is so so sadd
    i feel bad for himm
    butt he
    lookss
    like a good
    guyy
    and
    it is so reall..
    kayyy.

  • dfsdf Posted on September 26, 2008

    that is so grossssss!

  • Doug C. Posted on October 2, 2008

    What’s more disgusting than this person’s ailment are some of the people commenting on this post.

  • Adam Smith Posted on October 3, 2008

    Just watched the documentary on his treatment. What an amazing guy to still be trying to smile through such a terrible ailment. Isn’t it mad how seeing things can affect you physically. I can’t stop scratching !!

  • refused Posted on October 4, 2008

    The case is being documented on the Discovery Channel and airs sometime this week between October 5 through October 10, 2008. You can also see a clip of a BBC documentary on Youtube. And if theres any doubts that this is real, try watching the Discovery channel, because cases like this are showcased all the time, some even far more disturbing than this one. And theyre on a few times a week.

  • Captain Posted on October 14, 2008

    Judy, you’re an ignorant asshole. 😀

  • Rick R. Posted on October 15, 2008

    I cannot help but to agree with Doug C. on this one. I know that Judy obviously made a mistake in judgment and perhaps did not seem to bright for it, but the responses to her statement like the ones telling Judy she’s a moron, ignorant asshole and telling her to fuck off are really worse than anything Judy said. Does is not occur to you Militant fools that perhaps she just made a mistake? She certainly did not seem nearly as heartless or militant as you fuckin people! Wholly fuck!, have some anger issues do we? Speaking of opening up your fucking mouth before thinking youuu! Did it occur to you that she made a mistake? and did you guys notice she made a statement indicating that she has empathy for people with real problems? Like you guys! Not so unlike the human race, judge quick, judge harsh. Fuck you guys should find out where she lives and burn her at the stake maybe huh? Fabricators of artificial realities based upon emotional instability!

  • sexy Posted on October 15, 2008

    judy need to eat some books lol lol dummy

  • Kim Posted on November 17, 2008

    This poor man does have this problem Judy! He has been on the BBC, TLC and Discovery Channel. As it said in the article, his immune system could not handle warts the way a normal immune system does. I’m sorry you have to degrade other people’s problems to make yourself feel better.

  • Kimberly Posted on November 17, 2008

    Rick R.
    You sir, are not much better by cussing everyone out.

  • Shakeel S.S. Posted on November 18, 2008

    Hi to all of you, I know it’s hard for your to behave since your disease is genetic. The man has been living with the virus effect for years. How nice it’s to leave to comments that will have more impact on him than he went through already. Try to give others with a scientific views a chance to explore and read the techniques and efforts made to change the man’s life instead of throwing stone at each other. If you can see somebody else mistake you have/ should behave differently but I don’t see it and it’s sad for this so – called new generation

  • Shakeel Posted on November 18, 2008

    Hi again , at least they have a team of specialized doctors devoted to cure this known cause but your diseases need a self- treatment . Decide now before it’s too late.

  • joe ride Posted on November 19, 2008

    i dont know any of you guys but hey judy shut the fuck up. figured i jump on the bandwagon.

  • kayanna Posted on November 19, 2008

    that is realy sad and skary

  • lynn Posted on November 26, 2008

    Judy, do you ever watch tv!! There is a whole show about him and his surgery!!!!

  • aisha Posted on December 6, 2008

    hi..i was a medical intern in hasan sadikin hospital,west java (the hospital where dede, the tree man was treated)..i met him personally a couple of times..so it’s not true that this photo was photoshopped..some plastic surgeons have managed to remove large amount of warts from his skin..but to totally remove the warts,are basically impossible..he’s home with his family now..and the government has made the commitment to pay all of his medical bills…lol

  • roger finch Posted on January 2, 2009

    it is true, just watched special on the learning channel

  • DEBBIE BOOPER Posted on February 14, 2009

    THIS IS SO SAD ALL I CAN DO IS PRAY THAT THE LORD WILL BLESS HIM AND BLESS THAT THEY (THE DOCTORS) WILL FIND A WAY TO STOP THESE GROWTHS. I DO BELIEVE IF WE ALL COME TOGETHER ON ONE ACCORD AND PRAY GOD WILL MAKE A WAY. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN BE ONE OF US. BUT GOD SAID NO, AND FOR THAT WE SHOULD BE PRAISING AND THANKING HIM (GOD)AND PRAYING FOR THIS MAN AND HIS FAMILY. SO LET’S KEEP HIM AND HIS FAMILY IN OUR PRAYERS THAT THE LORD WILL HEAL HIM AND TAKE CARE OF HIS FAMILY WITH AND IN ALL THERE NEEDS FINANCALY AND MEDICALLY.

  • sandra Posted on February 16, 2009

    Oh my gosh are you all so ignorant that you have no better words than the vulgarity here. Poor Judy, yes she probably spoke before doing any research, but man she did not deserve the stream of obscenities. All of you need to read a book…like the dictionary so you are not so ignorant that you have not better choice of words…and please read Ephisians 6

  • faye Posted on April 18, 2009

    u no its not real wood they got an ilness its loads of warts growin on top of each other these peeps serously ill,

  • tanya Posted on April 21, 2009

    Seriously you must be retarded. It is a very real problem. Why would it make national news and get his own discovery channel special thing if it was fake? Seriously pull your head out of your butt and think before you run your mouth.

  • Karen Posted on May 26, 2009

    I agree,me too when I saw that I get goose bumps and an itching sensation

  • Josianne Posted on June 27, 2009

    I think this story is not real, for 2 reasons:

    1-It’s imposible to see the sources of this document.

    2-The name of the doctor ”a famous US dermatologist, from the University of Maryland” is not specify.

  • karen Posted on July 23, 2009

    Josianne yes it is it’s dr. Gaspari

  • britt Posted on September 24, 2009

    FREAK SHOW HAHAHA

  • britt Posted on September 24, 2009

    That’s what he gets for pissing on trees..

  • lil girl86 Posted on February 2, 2010

    this man is a survivor no matter what anybody says more power to u dede