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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Man grows bark from his hands

I feel a freak series coming on. Thanks to Nic for showing me this story.

This is by far one of the weirdest things I've ever seen. I can handle backwards feet, and I can understand octopus girls and two-faced kittens. But a man who grows tree-like roots out of his hands? WTF?

This Indonesian man suffers from an extremely rare condition that is a combination of a deficiency in his immune system and his exposure to HPV. (Now I'm really glad I got those three painful Gardasil shots!)

His deficiency makes his body unable to handle warts the way a normal person's body does, and so the viruses end up hijacking his cells and doing as they please. And they apparently please to create woody growths from out his hands and feet.

He has lived with this disease for about 15 years, and has lost his job and his wife and the ability to take care of his children.

An American doctor flew out to assess his condition and started prescribing a synthetic Vitamin A, which has been successful in treating warts in AIDS patients. They expect this man will have some success with this treatment as well.

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