Discovery Health Offers the Definitive Look at Indonesia's 'Treeman' in TREEMAN: SEARCH FOR THE CURE
- Discovery Health Offers Audiences Exclusive Access to Dede the Treeman
and the American Doctor Racing to Cure Him on Sunday, October 5, at 9 PM
SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 14 -- The bizarre growths
covering his body have made Indonesia's Dede Kosawa an international
fascination, known to millions as the "Treeman." On October 5, Discovery
Health will go beyond the headlines and the tabloids to present the
dramatic true story of a man desperately fighting to reclaim his body and
his life, and the tireless doctor completely dedicated to treating him.
Countless news outlets and websites from around the world have featured
images of the tree-like warts covering Dede's body -- totally consuming his
hands and feet and making him look as much plant as human. Nearly a year in
the making, TREEMAN: SEARCH FOR THE CURE provides an exclusive firsthand
account of this groundbreaking medical case from both Dede and his American
doctor, Dr. Anthony Gaspari.
Fascinated by the Treeman case, Gaspari, chief of dermatology at the
University of Maryland Medical Center, travelled to a remote part of
Indonesia to meet the legendary Dede. Upon meeting him, Gaspari recognized
the most incredible dermatological case he had ever come across, and made
it his mission to treat -- and hopefully cure -- the Treeman.
TREEMAN: SEARCH FOR THE CURE is a candid, personal journey, offering
the only look into the thoughts and feelings of a man hoping to overcome
incredible health challenges in an attempt to become "more human." The
documentary also serves as a study in perseverance as Dede endures multiple
painful procedures while Gaspari races against time to find a breakthrough
treatment, battling a mysterious disease to provide the best possible
treatment for the Treeman.
TREEMAN: SEARCH FOR THE CURE airs on Discovery Health on Sunday,
October 5, at 9 PM (ET/PT).
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About the University of Maryland Medical Center
The University of Maryland Medical Center is a major, innovative
teaching hospital in downtown Baltimore that provides a full range of
health care to more than 300,000 patients each year from Maryland and the
Mid-Atlantic region. It serves as a regional referral center for the most
serious and complicated health problems in adults and children, including
cancer, trauma, heart disease, neurological disorders and organ
All of the doctors who treat patients at the medical center are on the
faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Established in
1807, the School of Medicine is the first public and the fifth oldest
medical school in the United States.