Posted by: Mofie Augustine | November 21, 2007

Manusia Pokok – Tree Man (kejadian pelik….)

Weirdo Stuff…. Forwarded email by a friend. Nothing much I can comment and I’m not sure whether correct or fake one. I just feel spooky man.. real Spooky!

Read on below…..

An Indonesian fisherman who feared that he would be killed by tree-like
growths covering his body has been given hope of recovery by an
American doctor – and Vitamin A.

Dede, now 35, baffled medical experts when warty “roots” began growing
out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident.

(See attached file: w3.jpg)


Dr Anthony Gaspari believes that he has diagnosed Dede’s rare
condition
The welts spread across his body unchecked and soon
he was left unable
to carry out everyday household tasks.


Sacked from his job and
deserted by his wife, Dede has been raising hi
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.

Although supported by his extended family, he was ofte
n a target of
abuse and ridicule in his rural fishing village.

But now an American dermatology expert who flew out to Dede’s home
village south of the capital
Jakarta claims to have identified his condition,
and proposed a treatment that could transform his life.

(See attached file: w2.jpg)


After testing samples of the lesions and Dede’s blood, Dr Anthony
Gaspari of the University of Maryland concluded that his
affliction is caused
by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a fairly common
infection that usually
causes small warts to develop
on sufferers.

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.

Dede’s counts of a key type of white blood cell are so low that Dr
Gaspari initially suspected he may have the Aids virus.


But tests showed he did not,
and it became clear that Dede’s immune
condition was something far
rarer and more mysterious.

Warts aside, he had enjoyed remarkable good health throughout his life
– which would not be expected of someone with a suppressed immune system
– and neither his parents nor his siblings have shown signs of developing
lesions.


“The likelihood of having his deficiency is less than one in a

million,” Dr Gaspari told the Telegraph.

(See attached file: w1.jpg)

Dede with his teenage daughter. He fears that his two children
may also become infected

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.

“He won’t have a perfectly normal body but the warts should reduce in
size to the point where he could use his hands,” Dr Gaspari said.

“Over the course of three to six months the warts should be come
smaller and fewer in number. He will be living a more normal life.”

The most resilient warts could then be frozen off and the growths on
his hands and feet surgically removed.

Dr Gaspari hopes to get the necessary drugs free of charge from
pharmaceutical firms. They would then be administered by Indonesian
doctors under his supervision.

Still intrigued by the origins of Dede’s peculiar immune condition, the
doctor would like to fly him to the United States for further
examination, but fears the financial and bureaucratic barriers would prove too
difficult to overcome.

“I would like to bring him to the US to run tests on where his immune
condition has come from, but I would need funding and to get him a visa
as well as someone to cover the costs of the tests,” he said.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire career.”


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