It's not often that we revisit old Curiosities, but we've got a soft spot for Dede Koswara, otherwise known as Root Man for the tree-like growths that sprouted from his body, and we would like to pass on some good news.

Thanks to the help of doctors in West Java who offered their services when Dede's case first gained international attention, the Root Man has had an amazing 95 percent of his growths removed after nine operations.  Doctors cautioned that Dede can never be fully cured, but the quality of his life can and has been greatly improved.

In case you've forgotten, this is what Dede looked like a few years ago.



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