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November 26, 2007

"Tree Man" Is A Real Life Ent
Update: Video Link At Post's End

A truly strange and heartbreaking deformity, because I have to admit, even though I know it's wrong and hurtful, I couldn't help but shun this poor guy. I just couldn't be in his company without being freaked out. I wouldn't be proud of it, but I would do it just the same.

Detail of hands and feet:

An Indonesian man whose life has been ruined by strange roots that sprout from his hands and feet is hoping a US doctor can help him.

Dede, nicknamed "Tree Man", has been treated like a freak show because of the horn-like growths.

He was sacked from his job, his wife left him and he was shunned by his neighbours.

The 35-year-old, who only has one name, is unable to work because he cannot use his hands and lives in poverty with his two teenage daughters.

He said he cannot travel anywhere and is forced to stay in his parents' house because his hands and feet are so heavy and cumbersome due to the growths.

He first noticed the warts after he cut his knee as a teenager, and in 1993 he was taken to hospital but doctors could not find a cure.

Dede, who lives in the village of Tanjung Jaya about 100 miles south of the capital Jakarta, told reporters: "First it felt itchy and some warts appeared on my feet.

"I neglected it and then growths started appearing quickly, covering my whole body. Sometimes people mock me, but sometimes they don't."

A doctor said the bizarre growths are caused by the HPV virus.

Video: Over at Hot Air.

UPDATE (Jack M.): Life imitates Warcraft? Behold, a Druid in "Tree of Life Form"-


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