Treeman: Search for the Cure (Full Version)

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In March 2007, a Romanian man named Ion Toader was diagnosed with epidermodysplasia verruciformis .  A patient of dermatologist Carmen Madeleine Curea, his pictures appeared on numerous blogs and Romanian press sources. Curea works with Spitalul Clinic Colentina in Bucharest, Romania. Stephen Stone, past president of the American Academy of Dermatology, confirms this is Lewandowsky-Lutz.

In November 2007, a new video of a 34-year-old Indonesian man named Dede Koswara with a similar disease appeared on the internet  His story has appeared in the Discovery Channel and TLC series “My Shocking Story” (Extraordinary People on UK’s Five) in the episode “Half Man Half Tree”.  And then on August 12, 2008, Dede Koswara’s story was the subject of an ABC’s Medical Mystery episode entitled “Tree Man.”

On 26 August 2008, Dede returned home following surgery to remove 6 kg (13 lb) of warts from his body.  The surgery consisted of three steps:

  • Removal of the thick carpet of warts and massive horns on his hand.
  • Removal of the smaller warts on his head, torso, and feet.
  • Covering of the hands with grafted skin.

In all, 95% of the warts were removed.  The surgery was documented by the Discovery Channel and TLC in the episode “Treeman: Search for the Cure.”However, his warts have returned and it appears he will need two surgeries a year for the rest of his life to keep them at bay.  The Discovery Channel funded a blood analysis and found he lacked an immune system antigen to fight yeast infection. He was offered to have more tests run to determine whether it is treatable, and the doctor was fairly optimistic, but he refused the treatment.

More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidermodysplasia_verruciformis

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How the media pushed America into the 2003 Iraq War.

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