Here’s an update for anyone who has been wondering what has happened to the Tree Man?
If you remember, Dede Koswara – the man more commonly known as the Tree Man – was suffering from bark-like growths on his hands and feet that started appearing on his skin after cutting his leg at the age of 15. When the international media started reporting his story, Dede was in his thirties and these growths had taken over his life.
The media reports led to an American dermatologist Anthony Gaspari examining Dede and diagnosing his condition as a result of having HPV (human papilloma virus) and a weak immune system that allowed the warts to grow.
Now, the media is reporting on the ongoing success of his treatment and how it is transforming his life.
Dede has had a number of operations, with surgeons removing almost 4 lbs of warts.
Hands that once could hold very little are now grasping cups, cutlery, pens, cellphones, and even textmessaging.
There is still a long way to go, but Dede is starting to see the possibility of a new life. Speaking from an Indonesian Hospital, Dede told the Daily Telegraph that first he wants to “…get better and find a job. But then, one day, who know’s? I might meet a girl and get married.”
Check out this news reports to find out more and see pictures of the ‘new’ Dede.
‘Tree man’ regains use of hands: New pictures (The Telegraph)
Tree Man Update (Reuters)