Dede, now 35, baffled medical experts when warty "roots" began growing out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident. The condition quickly prevented him from working or completing household chores. To make matter worse, his wife deserted him and left him to care for their two children in poverty.
But now an American dermatology expert who flew out to Dede's home village south of the capital Jakarta claims to have identified his condition, and proposed a treatment that could transform his life.
Read the remainder here. Warning, some images are rather unsettling.