It’s Dede: The “Tree Man”

Posted on April 26, 2008

Dede, aka “Tree Man“, is an Indonesian fisherman who has been slowly changing from a human into a tree… or at least that is what it appears.

After cutting his knee as a teenager, Dede began to grow tree like warts that have baffled local doctors and medical experts for over 20 years.


His condition has become so bad that he can no longer carry out even simple household tasks. He lost his job and his wife left him to raise their two children in poverty.

For a while he worked in a freak show as the “Tree Man” to try to make ends meet.

Although he gets some support from his extended family, he’s the subject of ridicule and abuse in his village.

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An American doctor has finally determined that the cause of his problem is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) combined with a genetic condition that impedes his immune system, allowing the warts to grow unchecked.


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On April 4, 2008, Dede received surgery in which medics cut off over 4 pounds of warts from his body. Although not completely healed, he can see the outline of his fingers and toes for the first time in over a decade.


Dede has two more operations to go through but is already excited to begin his new life.

“What I really want first is to get better and find a job. But then, one day, who knows? I might meet a girl and get married.”

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50 thoughts on “It’s Dede: The “Tree Man”

    1. Sultan_Azteca


      Don't try to make much sense out of Duckie. He seems to be rehearsing here for his soon to be released blog "The Web-foot Monologues".

      I second Ron Shroff: this is old news. It is still gross, though.

      What is all that bark like tissue? Is it supposed to be dead or living? If dead, why it doesn't simply fall off, like a scab? If alive, are they more like skin tumor-like growths?

      Would they be contagious at contact? I would guess they are, but I see interviewers touching the stuff.

      I wouldn't get close to him, much less knowing that the desease is HPV related!

      1. ST

        HPV is generally sexually transmitted. Most people don’t know they have it, and usually isn’t all over the body like his. His HPV was made worse from the immune deficiency he was born with.

        1. Mike

          There are more than 100 types of HPV; only a few can be transmitted sexually. HPV is aquired by children (who, incidentally, have not had sex) more often than adults and can manifest itself as one of a multitude of types of different warts that usually go away on their own. “generally sexually transmitted” is incorrect.

    1. Arthur

      His clothes are specially tailored to accommodate these tree-like growths, which are caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Usually, HPV wouldn't cause growths like these, but Dede's immune system has been compromised, allowing these warts to grow and spread, resulting in the growths he has.

      Recently, TLC broadcast a new episode revealing that these warts have returned. Apparently, his body wasn't able to take the full treatment that his doctor, Anthony Gaspari, came up with. The episode also revealed the existence of a second Indonesian treeman, a man named Zainal, who also has this disease.

  1. Matt Langley

    Actually DD, American smugglers threw Indian tea for Americans (who liked tea a lot), into the harbour. They did this because it was exempt of taxes and therefore cheaper than their own smuggled tea. The only non-colonial part of this was the decision to waive the tea tax.

    Incidentally there is good evidence that without tea, the early US cities would have been wiped out by disease. Tea has the benefit of anti septic qualities that mean that it is safe to drink when the water it is made from is not. That is why the first cities not to be subject to periodic wipe outs due to disease were in the China and Britain. Before tea people would rely on ale but this is not ideal for productivity!

  2. buzz

    Damn. I’d have comitted suicide long ago had something like that happened to me. It must be tough. Really feel sorry for that guy.

    1. Maggie

      The way he got this was through a cut on his knee, not having sex. It’s not his fault he has this, so does that mean he can never love someone again? Jeez…

      1. yeah...

        he contracted it through his a cut on his knee but they said part of it is because he has HPV which is in fact an STD, he can pass the HPV to someone else but whether or not he can pass on the tree warts is totally different.

  3. marlyn

    Good i cvould hardly see a human being sooner or later he may enjoyed his full kife of not bbeing tease with otherpeople or ashamed. goodluck.

  4. secuono

    i saw a show about him and in the end he refused help. im guessing he wanted attention in hopes to make more money, but when that failed dreadfully, he went back for the help. dumbass…

  5. The Canadian

    dude.. Americans like watered down, piss warm beer! that costs under 2 dollars… iv tasted your shit before man…. im glad im Canadian! our beer has a higher quality, rich velvety taste that slides down a man’s throat with ease.. yours however does not

  6. junita


  7. this is nuts

    keep your comments about the image you guys, your arguing about politics and history and which countries beer is better get a god damn life

  8. chingkulingkang

    he can marry a tree as many as he wants, he can go the forest live there with his tree wives… the bigger tree is much better.

  9. amy-arlington

    I believe that if the man wants to get married he should be able to. People have no right to judge him or talk about him cause of something that WAS NOT his fault. You people need to grow up and get a freaking life. Everyone has the right to be happy. Some people are cool with gays getting married but then when DD wantgs to get married everyone make a big humungous deal about it. Give the poor man a chance at this crazy thing we call love… For Christ Sake… Yes this may be an ols story but gees.. Things like this burn me up!!!

  10. Shorty

    Brother i hope that you just have faith and trust in almighty god to save your life and see you through your calamity jus keep the faith god bless

  11. noodle

    You people are ridiculous. This poor man has a virus, you people posting negative comments are going to have karma give you what you deserve……haven't you ever had a wart… some compassion!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Xavier D.

    He has a chronic immune defect and his body couldn't fight off the HPV-2 virus he contract through a cut in his knee. HPV-2 causes common skin warts but sense he has a white blood cell deficiency the virus hijacked his skin cells causing him to produce an enormous amount of keratin(google it), and therefore the common warts grew uncontrolled.


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