Before & After Pictures of The Tree Man

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image001Dede Koswara, known in his native Indonesia as “Tree Man,” has lived for years with rapidly spreading warts that have covered his entire body in a case that has baffled doctors.
The man has been undergoing a radical transformation at a tropical hospital in Bandung and in the time it takes to conceive and give birth to new life, a team of local doctors have performed eight major operations involving an electric saw, skin grafting and the removal of pounds of dead skin tissue hardened by the years.
“The surgery of Dede is not perfect, but the results meet what we hoped or expected,” said Dr. Hardisiswo Soedjana, a leading plastic surgeon in Indonesia and the head doctor in Dede’s case.
In the coming months, Dede will return to Hasan Sadikin hospital for at least two more major surgeries.. Doctors will continue to work on his immune system and find ways to cope with the challenges of excessive bleeding during operations, the deep growth of his warts and the search for more skin donors.
It wasn’t until Dede was a teenager that what started as a simple wart on his knee spiraled his life out of control. They started spreading over his entire body as a result of the human papillomavirus, or HPV.
HPV- Common Disease With Uncommon Results
It is a common virus that approximately 20 million Americans live with, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some without even knowing it.
“The wart gets into your skin and makes the skin grow out of control,” said dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman. “It grows above the skin. It grows into the skin..”
However in Dede’s case, the warts had run wild, creating a medical mystery for doctors. “Some people don’t do well with the treatments because their immune system isn’t that good at fighting the virus,” Jaliman said.
Doctors diagnosed Dede as having an immune deficiency. It was, in a way, a “perfect storm” of dermatology. The combination of the incredibly common HPV and his incredibly rare immune deficiency caused Dede’s warts to form growths that resembled tree bark and roots — growths that eventually took over control of his body.
Soon Dede lost the ability to perform daily functions, or even hold his children, because of the weight of his hands and feet.
Becoming ‘Tree Man’
When he lost his job and left his village to earn a living the only way he knew how — begging on the city streets.
It was there that he met Hanny of Hanny Enterprise , an organization that hosts the most sensational carnival-like shows in the country. Dede became a rising star, known as Tree Man.
Ironically, Hanny’s success at building Dede’s fame as Tree Man may have lead to his medical treatments.
Doctors became as curious as the public and the media were about his condition.
American doctor Anthony Gaspari is part of the team that set a plan in motion to treat Dede to “control the tumorous growths and to restore his immune system,” he said at an earlier news conference.
“We have a lot of room to improve the patient’s condition and improve the quality of his life, improve his appearance, improve his ability to use his hands,” Gaspari said.
Hospital staff today say Dede is in good spirits, has put on healthy weight and is happy to be returning home.
Though it’s unlikely that Dede will ever be free of all traces of disease, his treatment will give him a chance to go back to his village, to be with his family and friends and lead a new life approaching normal.

Sacked from his job, deserted by his wife, shunned by neighbours, the warts on this man’s body have ruined his life. So thank goodness someone’s finally decided to operate on him then.

According to Dr. Anthony Gaspari from University of Mary land who tested Dede’s blood and it was determined that the growths are the result of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a fairly common infection that usually causes small warts.image007image006image005image004image008image012Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari (L) examines Dede’s hands at hospital in Bandung before the operation.

Dede speaks during a news conference before leaving Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, west Java province.image011

 

Dede eats his meal after a news conference at the Hasan Sadikin Hospital .

 

image010Doctors removed six kilograms (13.2 pounds) of the growths.

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Dede demonstrates holding a pen during a news conference.

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53 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by skyler on January 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    i feel sorryyyyyy for him

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  2. I don’t feel sorry for this man, instead, I have compassion for him. I am sorry that he has had to endure the loss of his job and was subject to ridicule, and most of all, I’m sorry and disgusted that his wife, the mother of his children, deserted him because of this. There is no excuse for this as when we love and are in love at the same time, we fall in love with the PERSON AND THEIR HEART. Dede is a beautiful and courageous human being and a beautiful example of perseverance. I wish him, his children and his family the very best. The best thing we can do for him and other human beings who are considered “different” is to be compassionate and love them unconditionally, for they are the ones we learn from.

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    • Posted by Rick Parker on October 16, 2011 at 3:08 am

      Maybe you should try seeing what life would be like with a person with a major disability before spouting your opinions on his wife’s “disgusting” behavior. Personally, I think that he should have NOT had the surgeries. As it was, he could have made money in side-shows, or personal appearances and even as an inspirational speaker on overcoming adversity. That has been taken away. No one can know that pains and tribulations that Dede endures on a daily basis, but he is the sole one that should make the decisions that affect his life.

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      • Posted by Jess on October 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

        You think he should not have had the surgery and continue parading around in freak shows? Do you really think that if you had this condition and someone finally gave you a chance to live a semi-normal life, you would decline in favour of making money from people gawping at you in a circus, just because it earned a bit of cash? I suspect all the man wants is a normal life, a normal job, to hold and look after his kids and not be stared at. Wow, you have seriously warped views on this man’s life and I very much suspect if it was you in his situation, you would suddenly think differently!

      • Posted by Jess on October 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

        Also, what is particularly bad about the wife leaving him is that she left him AND her kids. She knew he had a disease where he could barely look after and provide for himself, yet she left him to be the main provider for their kids. And as a consequence, left them to fester in poverty. There can’t be much of an excuse for that…

      • Posted by Bob on May 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm

        In response to Jess, I would just like to add that if she had stayed with him and their children, she would have led a terrible life. If she had taken the children, she would not have been able to provide for them (two children trying to be supported by a woman in a country with traditional customs). She went off alone, and so must suffer the criticism of first-world website posters. Even though I agree that what she did was morally wrong and cruel, I think she did the best thing she could have done for herself.

  3. Posted by kt on October 8, 2010 at 1:43 am

    I agree with the above comment except that in other countries and religions the man is the sole providor and therefor she may have been forced to find another suitor…I believe here in the US..we would have more of a choice thats all..

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    • Posted by Hermilia on October 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      Dede is a true man, even when things were so bad, he went ahead to improvise ways of looking after his children, I don’t agree with with the above person who thinks “Mrs. Dede” may have been forced to find another suitor, does that mean women in other parts of the world get partners strictly to meet their financial needs? Where has “For better, For worse…. Till death do us part” gone in this case? I believe when we fall in love, it is love that drives us, and not finances.
      As for Dede’s children and his family, I suggest they be counseled because it isn’t easy to see someone close to you go through what Dede has been going through. The best thing we who cannot reach them can do is pray to god to see them through.

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      • If I was him I would of wanted my family, wife and children, to have the opportunity of a better life. I wouldn’t want to bring them down with me.

  4. Posted by Doris on October 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I am not sorry for him, I’m excited for him. Thank God for modern medicine, Praise God

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  5. I’m happy that inspite of how harsh the world is, having gone through the sufferings he went through, particularly from the one who should’ve stood by him, he still had the courage to hold on. I for one I’m sure I would want to see another day in such pain but this kept on struggling for the wellbeing of his children & by so doing, has helped the world learn more bout this virus & how to fight in future more effectively. To GOD be the glory.

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  6. Posted by MOSES KHOZA on January 3, 2011 at 7:18 am

    i would like to thank the medical team for the hard work

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  7. Posted by Nanda on January 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I Lovee Youu ! xxx

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  8. Posted by sebastien on February 6, 2011 at 3:36 am

    what an inspiring story!

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  9. Hi we are all girls and we hang out together and we were looking up a website and we saw this and we think its terrible and we feel sorry for Tree Man

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  10. Posted by fran on March 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    has anyone heard an update lately? I read that the doctor from maryland is no longer n the team…???

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  11. Posted by tshireletso on April 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I feel compasion for Dede, he is a kind and humble human being. He continues to provide for his family even if he has to be in the circus.His story reminds us that as humans we can be petty and unappreciative of what we have. As humans we must stop being vain and thank God for what he has given us. I will for ever remember his story as it helps me reflect on what we should be grateful for. I wish Dede long life of health and peace. May God bless him and his family.

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  12. I hope he can get help!

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  13. omg i feel so bad for that poor soul and i hope he can get help as soon as possible

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  14. ugly

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    • Posted by J M on October 25, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Yes, people like you are ugly through and through. People who judge others by their appearance are also ill-educated, shallow, and add no value to the world we live in – where everyone is different. They would prefer everyone to look and be like them, which, thankfully, will never happen. Hopefully one day they will see past their own ugly noses.

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      • Posted by Bob on May 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        The poster might not have been judging him (even though they probably were), just stating a fact. The ‘Tree Man’, before his surgery, was undeniably aesthetically ugly. There is nothing wrong with him being ugly, and modern western society has changed the meaning of the word ‘beautiful’ from its actual meaning of aesthetically pleasing, to something along the lines of good, nice, kind etc… meaning that people nowadays call people pretty and beautiful when they are not. This has lead to misconceptions of there being something wrong with the word ‘ugly’ to describe people, in this world obsessed by image.

  15. oh..oooch..never i will do unprotectd sex.

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    • Posted by Jess on October 25, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Maybe you should get a brain transplant while you’re at it – his disease was started by a cut on his leg after a fall, NOT through having unprotected sex. Wow, how thick are you?

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      • Posted by juicytomato on December 6, 2011 at 4:32 am

        Not everybodies up on the play-by-play like you. You can get HPV from unprotected sex and they decided not to get it that way. Step off.

  16. people are rejucted by familly and friends in the same way that suffer Mentle illness but they don’t have an outward sign of their suffering like warts for the world to see…….their scares are inside their hearts and minds……. IT WOULD BE SO GOOD TO STOP JUDGING PEOPLE FOR WHO AND HOW THEY ARE IN LIFE AND JUST ACCEPT THAT GOD HAS MADE DIVERSITY FOR A REASON ….SO WE ARE ALL GOOD AT SOMETHING AND TOGETHER WE CAN BE WHOLE. We shouldn’t judge his wife so harshley , she had to see to the day to day care of his children ……This would be hard to cope with …i am sure she has done her best with what resourses and knowledge she had at the time. we all can say we would or wouldn’t do such and such ….but it is always different when we are faced with the problem or situation in reality……HAVE A HEART……….

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  17. Posted by Rob on July 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

    He cut his knee and because he has a rare immune deficiency syndrome his body cannot fight the HPV which is causing the warts. I almost broke down watching the documentary of what he went through. Dede is the strongest man on this earth without a doubt. I really hope there’s a cure found and he can live his life normally. He deserves nothing less. I am scarred or life having come across this and it makes me sooo greatful for what ive got. This man deserves a healthy life. Get well, Dede.

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  18. Posted by Thobekile Alice Ndlovu on July 25, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Is there a way in which I can email the victim personally. There are what are called victims of various spirits. Spiritual diseases cannot be cured or diagnosed using human methods,occasionally the symptoms can only be aleviated using human methods. Carnal eyes cannot see when a spirit (good or bad) incarnates a person but the outer behaviour of a person could be a reflection of the nature of the spirits in him/her. Spiritual diseases can be cured by God in the Guta Ra Mwari religion, where illness and troubles are cured. I have witnessed testimonies of weird spiritual problems and diseases being cured. Please help me get hold of the victim’s email adress as soon as possible before the body is wrecked by the tortures of the evil spirit. A soul can not live in an uncomfortable place.

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  19. Posted by Thobekile Alice Ndlovu on July 25, 2011 at 12:29 am

    In addition to my comment above I’d like to praise God for the team of educated doctors he provided to wholeheartedly and genuinely help the man heal. A concept that some people don’t understand is that the human body needs physical methods to cure its physical illnesses and then the impure soul living in this human body needs God’s holy spirit to cleanse it. A pure soul makes the body live longer and healthier in the world. We are very fortunate to be living in the times of many promises. When the evil spirit inflicted Job with soreboils He was not living in our times where we can hold on to many promises that God has made to us in the hour of severe trial, but he did not give up! He worshipped God all the way.

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  20. Posted by jin on August 25, 2011 at 2:05 am

    hi dede

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  21. Posted by sammy seminara on September 17, 2011 at 1:54 am

    omg i hope you are ok and i feel really bad for you wish you lots of love sam

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  22. i hope you and your family well,your a very brave man ,i will pray for you everyday .best wishes jeni x

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  23. Posted by paris on October 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    hey buddy i don’t you….but don’t lose heart..every thing is going to be alright….you are one of a kind…be proud of what you are…

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  24. Posted by Juliet H on October 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Genentek has a cancer drug that has been successful in treating out of control HPV. The drug is called Avastin. They may donate the drug under compassionate care.

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  25. My heart breaks for this man, but I’m astonished by his courage and conviction. I’ve known people here (US) who have abandoned spouses because of the inconvience of caring for them. I hope they suffer from unending quilt and loneliness. We have State institutions that may help care for the mentally ill, those in a coma, those who are alone and suffering quadriplegia, and alzheimers patients for example. In some cases I understand. If someone is seriously unwell themselves, taking care of someone else can be almost impossible. It puts them both at risk. Sometimes, the best way to help is find someone qualified to help. That’s his true blessing. Finally, help!

    We (US) sometimes forget it, but we are blessed. We have assisted living. We may have assistance from some agencies. Some churchs. Some incredible, tireless volunteers. Then the institutions are a blessing. But if someone has to be taken care of to the extent the person is no longer able to care for themselves, what about visiting, at the very least? Helping him feel he is not alone in the world? Does she ever come back to help him? Does anyone? Hearing the story, I doubt it. What about help with food, clothing, and shelter, at the very least! I find those who desert their loved ones in such a time of need despicable. I’m equally saddened that others living in his general vicinity don’t chip in and help.

    I would have expected him to be surrounded by those who wanted to help him in whatever way they could! He’s a truly amazing, incredibly compassionate man. Finally finding medical help was a miracle! I hope now that others know his situation, they will continue to help – especially with his unusual medical condition, but also with their presence and needs for daily living. Can you imagine being able to FINALLY hold spoon! We do it every day. For him – a miracle.

    This is a lesson to me. Whining about every little pain or inability will always remind me of him, and hopefully make me stop and say a prayer for him and others in need, not continue to whine about my own petty limitations. When I’m alone, I know someone will come sometime soon. When I’m ill, I know someone will come to help. Sometimes those of us not in such need forget others that are. I’m a little verbose, today :-) Thanks for listening. Find out who needs your help, and help them.

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  26. You are so awesome! I do not suppose I’ve read anything like this before. So great to discover somebody with some original thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is something that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!

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  27. Posted by Allan Balgobin on March 26, 2012 at 12:08 am

    you r bless, a tree of life, a tree that planted by the river that will live for ever.

    god bless u.

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  28. Posted by Lissa on March 31, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Is there any update on this story? Warts usually grow back if they aren’t completely removed, and even then there’s no guarantee they won’t come back. It seems to me that he’d need a lot of treatment to keep those things at bay. I’d like to see some follow up photos (hopefully showing that he is doing even better than before). In any case, really fascinating story. Best of luck to Dede.

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  29. Posted by jose on April 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Jajaja that dude is one tough guy . Can’t help but think how there could have been a cure by now for him if there wasn’t so many damn laws that restrict how much/how we can research on certain things for example stem cell research

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  30. Posted by AZEEM. A. S on April 23, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I feel sorry for Dede and his family. In my opinion, he is the Prophet Job of our generation and God will surely heal him even if everybody abandon him. Also, I want to thank the doctors for their steadfastness. Allah will guide you and increase your wisdom to treating him ok. Lastly, Dede never lose hope you will be well insha Allah.

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  31. God will give you strength to deal with all the pain and will shelter you from all that is evil, trust in the Lord for his power & love is beyond that of us human beings. we are all praying you to get well and be back on your good and normal self!!! be brave

    Patrisia from Kenya

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  32. Posted by Anastasia on May 31, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Let us all pray to the Goddess and God to give this man strength. I sincerely hope that a cure is found for this brave man.
    Blessed Be, Dede.

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  33. Mr Dede my name is Dr Justice E Obi. I Discovered an old drug that is antidote
    to your warts. Please contact me thru your family Doctor and I will tell your doctor the
    name of the drug comes in tablets, injection .and topical. I live in New York My phone
    # is 1-347-393-5648 USA

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  34. Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design.
    Great choice of colors!

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