Interesting facts about the wooden man

Dede, 32, who lives in a village in Indonesia with two children, feared he would be killed by the tree-like growth that covers his body. Known locally as the 'Man of the Tree', he has baffled local doctors for 20 years. Root-like growths grow from his body at a rate of 5 cm per year.

An interesting fact is that "roots" began to grow out of his arms and legs after he cut his knee as a teenager. Over time, the growths spread throughout the body and because of this, he was fired from his job and abandoned by his wife. In order to somehow feed his family, he even joined the local freak show, and performed in front of a wealthy audience along with victims of other specific diseases.

Interestingly, Dede's problem is that he has a rare genetic malfunction that prevents the immune system from fighting the human papilloma virus. Because of this, root-like warts spread throughout the body.