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Indonesian Tree Man May be Cured

BODY UNABLE TO CONTAIN WARTS

An Indonesian man whose body is covered with extraordinary tree-like growths has spoken of his hope that an American doctor will cure his unique condition and help him rebuild his family life.

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. Sacked from his job and deserted by his wife, Dede has been unable to look after his two children Entang and Utis, who are now aged 16 and 18. They have been brought up apart from their father by his extended family on the other side of their remote village south of the capital Jakarta.

With Dede’s condition considered life threatening, he had resigned himself to missing out on the remaining joys of fatherhood.

But now a dermatology expert who flew out from the US to examine his rare condition says that a course of synthetic Vitamin A should clear up most of the warts, and Dede is contemplating a transformed life. “I can’t work, I can’t provide money,” Dede said.

“I want to be able to take care of them [his children]. I hope to live long enough to see my grandchildren.”

After testing samples of the lesions and Dede’s blood, Dr 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.

Next story here : Dede Koswara already went for 2nd operation, let's peek him !


IN BAHASA

Seorang WN Indonesia yang tubuhnya dipenuhi dengan tumbuhan-tumbuhan seperti pohon yang luar biasa banyaknya, menyatakan harapannya pada seorang dokter Amerika yang akan menyembuhkan kondisi uniknya dan menolongnya membangun kembali kehidupan berkeluarga nya.

Dede, 35 tahun, ahli-ahli medis yang gagal menyembuhkan ketika kutil-kutil “akar” mulai tumbuh pada lengan dan kaki nya setelah lututnya diamputasi akibat suatu kecelakaan pada usia remaja. Dikeluarkan dari pekerjaannya dan ditinggal oleh istrinya, Dede tidak mampu untuk memelihara dua anak-anak nya Entang dan Utis, yang kini berusia 16 dan 18 tahun. Mereka telah dididik terlepas dari ayah mereka oleh keluarga jauhnya di selatan Jakarta desa mereka.

Dengan kondisi Dede yang mengancam hidup, ia telah menarik diri dari keluarga bapaknya.

Namun sekarang seorang ahli ilmu penyakit kulit yang datang dari AS untuk menguji kondisinya yang jarang terjadi pada kebanyakan manusia, mengatakan bahwa suatu terapi Vitamin A dapat mengatasi sebagian besar penyakit yang dideritanya kebanyakan dari kutil-kutil, dan Dede sedang merenungkan suatu hidup yang diubah. “Aku tidak bisa bekerja, aku tidak bisa menyediakan uang,” Dede berkata.

“Aku ingin dapat mampu menghidupi anak-anakku. Aku berharap berumur panjang untuk melihat cucu-cucu ku.”

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.

Setelah dilakukan tes contoh luka-luka dan darah Dede, Dr Gaspari dari Universitas Maryland menyimpulkan bahwa penyakitnya disebabkan oleh Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), suatu infeksi/peradangan wajar yang umumnya dapat berkembang pada si penderita.

Masalah yang dihadapi Dede adalah bahwa ia mempunyai suatu kesalahan kode genetik yang menghalangi sistim kekebalan tubuhnya sehingga tidak mampu untuk menampung kutil-kutil tersebut.

Next story here : Dede Koswara already went for 2nd operation, let's peek him !




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source : THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

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