For those that have been following the story of Ioan Tudor in Romania, the man who suffered from the bizarre skin condition (here, here and here), the latest on the story follows below…

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The missionary working periodically with Ioan paid him a recent visit, and shares this report and these photos:

“I went back to see Ioan Tudor last Saturday. It had been just a few days short of one year exactly since I had first seen him. Seeing him left no question that he was much better, and that is an understatement. What they did to him in the hospital, and why, I am sorry to say I think will be left as a bit of mystery—but one that I will continue to look for answers to. The doctors in Bucharest did skin grafts on the palms of his hands and I think you will be able to see that in the pictures. He has good use of his right hand but the last two fingers of his left hand have limited mobility. As to his feet, ankles, and the back of his hands, he said they did not do any surgery—though he is scheduled to return to the hospital in this upcoming week for skin grafts on the backs of his hands. As to the dramatic changes in his feet, ankles and back of his hands, he is unaware that they did anything besides soak his feet, ankles and back of his hands with a solution which he thought was Betadine. I am sorry that I can not tell you more but there in no other sign of invasive care, I suspect that he was soaked in something more like 3 WEA (phenyl mercuric nitrate) and he promises to get me one of the empty bottles. When I used this on him last year there was a noticeable change in the growths. But this then makes me wonder why they did the skin grafts on his palms when such a dramatic change came with only soaking? If you have any questions I will try to answer but as if often the case here, Ioan does not seem to know very much about what happened to him.?

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