The 37 yearold entered an Indonesian hospital because of the huge tree-like growths that had encased his limbs for 20 years.

But an X-ray quickly revealed that the immune deficiency stopping him fighting the warts had also allowed a potentially deadly TB infection to take hold.

Dr Rachmat Dinata, leading the team treating Dede at the Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, West Java, said: “Five years from now, he would have been dead.

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