Monday, November 26, 2007

Indonesia's Wart-stricken "Tree Man" Seeks Help

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Sacked from his job, deserted by his wife, shunned by neighbors -- "tree man" Dede has been treated as a freak for most of his life because of the gnarled growths sprouting from his hands and feet.

But now the 35-year-old Indonesian, hopes a doctor in the United States will be able to treat the horn-like extensions that started appearing on his body when he was a teenager.

Unable to work because he cannot use his hands, and abandoned by his wife, Dede lives in poverty with two teenage daughters.

In 1993, he was admitted to a local hospital, but doctors could not find a cure for his condition.

But now, an American doctor has proposed possible treatment.

According to media reports, Dr. Anthony Gaspari from University of Maryland tested Dede's blood and said that the growths are the result of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a fairly common infection that usually causes small warts.

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