The "Tree Man" Can be Treated with Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
The wart case experienced by the "Tree man" from Cililin, Bandung suburban area, West Java, who is infected by HPV, has managed to stir public interest. This case becomes falls under the spotlight as it gained the attention of American organizations, which offered to help Dede (37) find a cure in the US.
The president SBY 
gave a stern response, and gave an order to health minister Siti Fadilah Supari to handle the case ASAP.
However, for UGM dermatologist Prof Hardyanto Soebono 
, warts caused by HPV infection is not uncommon, and there are a lot of known cases.
Hardyanto Soebono said in the UGM campus (Wed 5/12/2007), "What made this such a big deal is the victim to the infection does not receive medical care, so the virus can freely multiply at an amazing rate. This caused a lot of small warts to grow all over his skin."
As previously known, Dede's condition is frightening. Due to mere warts he had mainly on his face, hands, and feet, he looked alien. Even his hands and feet started taking the form of tree roots, awhich gave him the moniker "Tree Man". This physical abnormality made people around Dede to avoid him, including his wife.
"The problem is, he [Dede] is poor and neglected, so the virus outbreak in his body is left out of control and rendered his fingers abnormal" Hardyanto said.
The Dean of the Medical Faculty of UGM said that there are some ways to treat this HPV infection. One way uses radiation or reconstructive plastic surgery.
"Actually, if we could've treated him sooner, we do have a drug to counter the virus with gamma-interferon inspection 
, but the side effect of this itself is a lot." the Dean said.
As for the spread of the virus, Hardyanto said the virus can spread by direct skin contact with the victim, and early symptoms include occurances of warts.
Hardyanto explained, "usually the victim has immunodefeciency conditions".
He also affirmed, Dede's case is very rare. He admitted that he has seen something like this before in Sardjito Hospital, Yogyakarta, but not as bad as Dede.
"Maybe he (Dede) is late and neglected, after coming to the hospital and gets a lot of public attention".
(UGM Public Rep/Gusti Grehenson)