posted on Nov, 14 2007 @ 06:25 PM
It is most certainly not a mystery illness. The man has the common Human Papilloma Virus
(which up to 90%
of the US population is infected with, BTW), otherwise known as warts. In most cases the host's (aka, the person) immune system keeps the virus in
check, limiting it to minor or occasional outbreaks, sometimes never. Once an outbreak of warts occurs, again, the immune system generally combats the
virus and growth of the wart is stopped or severely retarded.
This particular man has a genetically inherited immune deficiency, a one in a million thing, that renders his immune system incapable of combating the
progression of the virus. This, coupled with the fact that he is exceedingly poor and lives in a remote, rural area with very poor medical services,
led to him spending a ridiculous 20 years with no treatment, leaving the warts to grow to insane sizes.
Since he has finally been diagnosed, he will begin receiving very strong Vitamin A shot, among a few other things that will boost his system to combat
the viruses and should stop the growth and in some cases, make some of the warts go away. The larger ones (like his hands) will take several surgeries
where the wart growths will be frozen and cut off. It won't be a fun process, but he'll use his hands again some day.
What I find interesting, is that given his condition and immune system, the man has led an otherwise healthy life and his children seem completely
[edit on 14-11-2007 by davebgimp]