The Weird Story of Dede Koswara, an Indonesia man Whose Hands Grows like Tree

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Dede Koswara cut his knee while trekking in the forests of his native Indonesia when he was 10 years old. He soon contracted HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus, which is a fairly common and treatable condition. His weakened immune system, however, caused the virus to grow out of control, resulting in Koswara developing warts which covered the majority of his body, warts which would earn him the moniker of “tree man”. The warts remained on his body throughout his childhood and into adulthood.


In 2007, Koswara’s story received international attention when it was featured on a documentary on The Discovery Channel. The following year, doctors were able to surgically remove 95% of the warts on his body, totaling 13 pounds, but they promptly grew back. 

Sadly, Koswara died in 2016 due to complications related to his condition. By then his wife had abandoned him, as had the majority of the rest of his family, and he had lost his job as a carpenter as well. Due to the stigma associated with his condition in his native Indonesia, Koswara died a lonely man indeed.

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