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Reality “tree man” : half a person, half a tree

In Mr Khosvara’s video, his limbs are so full of “twigs” that they have completely lost their normal shape. There are some mosquitoes in the cracks between the “branches” of his feet, and several flies bump head-on in the picture, trying to find the most suitable foothold on his feet. Half man, half tree, he is called “tree man” in real life.
Tree People in Real Life
When He was 10 years old, Koeswara in Indonesia injured his knee in an accident. In the healing process, unlike usual, some new tissue grew on the skin of his bruised knee. These new tissues look like flat stones and gradually spread throughout the body.
Then, as the knee wound healed, the growth on Khosvara’s limbs didn’t stop. They grew and joined together again, like new roots and branches growing from rough old bark.
Koswara sought help from a local doctor and tried to remove one of the larger growths, but the growths quickly regrew at the site of the incision.
Just like that, trapped in his mutated body, Khosvara was completely dependent on others to carry out his daily life. As a result, he lost his job, separated his wife and lived alone.
In order to maintain a normal life, Khosvara had to sign a deal with a carnival boss, as the identity of the “strange tree” on the tour, using his strange body to impress the audience, in order to earn a certain amount of financial income.

“Spring breeze comes back” after surgery
In November 2007, a video of Mr. Khosvara appeared on the Internet. In the video, his limbs are covered with “branches” and have completely lost their normal shape. There are some mosquitoes in the cracks between the “branches” of his feet, and several flies bump head-on in the picture, trying to find the most suitable foothold on his feet. This mysterious condition has attracted a lot of attention.
After a series of specialist tests, doctors concluded that Khosvara had a condition called epidermoplasia verrucosa, commonly known as’ tree man syndrome ‘.
It is an extremely rare genetic skin disease that leads to a high rate of skin cancer. So, although the exact cause was not clear, doctors decided to remove Him, considering that the extensive growth on His skin was enough to interfere with his normal life to warrant surgical removal.
During the operation, doctors removed the “branches” and thick tree-like skin that had grown on his hands, as well as smaller growths on his head, torso and feet. Follow-up skin grafts were applied to the damaged area. The operation removed 96 per cent of the growths and weighed 6kg.
After the surgery, Koswara’s physical condition greatly improved. After recovery, he could even start using his hands and feet again.
But it didn’t last long. The branches on His limbs soon began to grow again. Soon, Koswara went back to being a tree man.
Desperate, Khosvara repeated a series of new operations to remove the growths.
The doctor told him he would need “at least two surgical procedures a year for the rest of his life” to treat new growths. But each time they volunteered for surgery, the growing growth repeatedly proved that it was only a temporary solution.
The tree man died in 2016.
Behind the tree man
Koswara is not the only treant in the world. In 2016, ABU Bayandhar, a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man, was also diagnosed with the condition and underwent 25 surgeries to remove more than 5kg of growth from his body.
The long surgical treatment became too much for the young man and he chose to take a break from it. ABU Bayandar’s condition deteriorated dramatically after his treatment was interrupted and he was told he would need five or six more operations to get his condition back under control.
In June 2019, ABU Bayandar volunteered to have his leg amputated because of the pain after the surgery.
Both ended badly, and they are not uncommon victims of the disorder.
According to available tests, they all have one thing in common: human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
Studies have shown that the disease is most commonly associated with HPV types 5 and 8, to which patients are highly susceptible. However, 80% of people infected with these two types of HPV are asymptomatic. In other words, infection does not mean that the patient will directly become a “tree man.”
Genes, rather than viruses, play a bigger role in the development of ardenia.
Studies have shown that genetic complexes on human chromosomes can limit the entry of viral proteins into zinc storage areas in cells, thereby limiting the growth of viruses. In the case of ardenia, a gene on the chromosome is mutated and inactivated, so it does not suppress HPV, leading to a dominant infection. It is the combination of viral infection and genetic mutation that ultimately leads to the disease.
Until now, the medical community for the treatment of “tree man disease” has not been very clear.
But what we need to know is that these people with branches, they are not tree people, but a small group of patients who need to be concerned.

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