Things are looking up for Dede Koswara after doctors removed nearly 4lbs of bark from his body. For nearly 20 years, Dede’s body has been covered in warts and tree-like growths. When he was 15, he cut his leg and a small wart developed there. The wart soon spread all over his body. He has been dubbed the “The Tree Man of Java.”
Dede spoke to the Telegraph from an Indonesian hospital about how he’s looking forward to finding a job and getting married. He’s not able to hold a pen for the first time in a long time. He said, “What I really want first is to get better and find a job. But then, one day, who knows? I might meet a girl and get married.” Jennifer Aniston, here’s your man! Naw, I would never do that to Dede.
His first wife left him after he was forced to leave his job and couldn’t support her and his two children. Dede even joined a freak show for a short time to feed his kids.
Dede is expected to undergo two more surgeries in hopes of removing even more growths from his face, hands and feet.
Click here to see some pictures of Dede before the surgery. They seriously chopped off tons and tons of bark.