“Tree man” who suffers from rare condition dies

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Indonesian known as “the tree man” due to disease which left him with branch-like warts dies without ever fulfilling his dream of living to see a cure and becoming a carpenter again.An Indonesian known as “the tree man” due to the scaly warts covering his body has passed away after a long battle with his rare and incurable illness.

Dede Koswara, 42, died in hospital in Badung, Indonesia, on the morning of January 30 without ever realising his dream of living to see a cure and returning to carpentry.

In the past three months, doctors said he had resigned himself to the debilitating illness which over several decades tragically came to cost him his family, job and independence.

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Mr Koswara suffered from Lewandowsky-Lutz dysplasia, a disease which results in uncontrolled human papilloma virus (HPV) infections and the growth of scaly warts resembling tree bark.

He died of a complicated series of health problems, including hepatitis, liver and gastric disorders, three months after he had checked into hospital.

One of his doctors said: ‘He was resigned to his illness. He must’ve been pretty tough to face all the insults he suffered over the years.’

According to his sister, his was unable to feed himself or speak because he was too weak.

She added that he remained estranged from his family up until his death – but according to those treating him, he never gave up hope of a cure.

tree man sick

‘Dede wanted to recover, despite his disease,’ his nurse said. ‘He was coping with his illness, even though people despised him as someone cursed.

‘He was bored, resting in bed in the hospital, and often smoked to pass the time. He wanted to go back to being a carpenter and starting a home business.’

The disease was so severe his hands and feet were covered with more than 13lbs of warts, also called ‘cutaneous horns’.

The severity of his condition gave him international notoriety – including several feature-length documentaries highlighting his plight.

The warts were severely debilitating, preventing the proper use of his hands and feet – and were believed locally to have been the result of a curse.

His wife of ten years also left him after he couldn’t support them and their two children.

In 2008, he had 13lb of warts surgically removed from his body. The operation was such a success that he could play Sudoku and wear flip-flops.

But the growths continued to return, requiring two surgeries a year to keep the infections down.

Πέθανε ο «άνθρωπος-δέντρο» με τα άκρα που έμοιαζαν με κλαδιά

tree man dies

Ο άνδρας από την Ινδονησία που οι εικόνες των άκρων του είχαν συγκλονίσει τον κόσμο έχασε τελικά την μάχη για την ζωή προτού οι γιατροί καταφέρουν να ανασχέσουν την πορεία αυτής της σπάνιας και παράξενης αρρώστιας

Ονομάστηκε από όλο τον κόσμο ως ο «άνθρωπος-δέντρο» μιας και δυσπλασία που αντιμετώπιζε έκανε τα άκρα του να μοιάζουν με κορμούς δέντρων. Η αρρώστια αυτή με την ονομασία “Δυσπλασία Lewandowsky-Lutz» είχε χτυπήσει από νεαρή ηλικία των 42χρονο Dede Koswara, ο οποίος κατάφερε τελικά να επιζήσει παρά τις δυσκολίες που αντιμετώπιζε στην καθημερινότητά του.

Όμως η υγεία του επιδεινώθηκε ξαφνικά το τελευταίο διάστημα, και παρά την εσπευσμένη εισαγωγή του σε νοσοκομείο της Ινδονησίας και την χειρουργική επέμβαση, δεν κατάφερε να επιζήσει, χάνοντας την μάχη για την ζωή το πρωί της 30ης Ιανουαρίου που μας πέρασε.

Η είδηση του θανάτου του προκάλεσε κύματα συγκίνησης στην χώρα αλλά και σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο, καθώς ο Dede ήταν παράδειγμα θάρρους και επιμονής, καταφέρνοντας να επιζήσει για πάρα πολλά χρόνια κόντρα στις προβλέψεις και με όλα τα προβλήματα που δημιουργούσε αυτή η παράξενη αρρώστια στις σχέσεις του με την οικογένειά του, τους φίλους του, την δουλειά του.

Οι συγγενείς του λένε ότι ο Dede πάλεψε ως το τέλος με την ασθένεια, παρά το γεγονός ότι εκτός των άλλων είχε να αντιμετωπίσει και την δυσειδαιμονία του κόσμου που τον χαρακτήριζαν ως απόκληρο ή ακόμα και καταραμένο.

Ήθελε πάρα πολύ να καταφέρει να θεραπευθεί από αυτή την εξαιρετικά δύσκολη και επικίνδυνη αρρώστια, και ως την τελευταία στιγμή ήλπιζε ότι θα βρισκόταν το φάρμακο που θα τον κρατούσε ζωντανό.

Source: DailyMail


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