More Than Four Pounds of Warts Removed From Man With Bark-Like Growths

Doctors have removed more than four pounds of warts from an Indonesian man dubbed "Tree Man" because of the bark-like growths on his hands and feet.

Dede Koswara can now hold a pen and see the outline of his toes for the first time in more than a decade after surgeons began removing the huge warts from his limbs, according to London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

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The warts appeared on Koswara's skin after he cut his leg at the age of 15.

Within a decade, the growths had grown so large that he had to quit his job as a fisherman and joined a freak show to support himself.

Koswara told the British newspaper that since having the warts removed from his limbs this year; he had become addicted to Sudoko puzzles and can walk without pain.

Doctors have scheduled two more operations within the next three months to graft undamaged skin onto his hands, feet and face.

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Koswara said he hopes to live a “normal life” after those surgeries.“What I really want first is to get better and find a job,” Koswara said. “But then, one day, who knows? I might meet a girl and get married.”

Dermatologist Anthony Gaspari of the University of Maryland in the United States diagnosed Koswara as having the human papilloma virus (HPV) because of a rare immune system deficiency.

“You can see the form of his 10 toes now," said Koswara's father, Ateng, 72. "He can wear flip-flops. . . he is in good condition.”