Previously unseen footage has emerged showing Ho Van Lang, a man who spent decades living in the Vietnamese wilderness, experiencing the world and civilisation outside his forest home for the very first time. You can see the full video below:
Lang spent 41 years in the jungle, having been taken there when he was just a baby by his father.
In 2013, he returned back to the world at large when his father fell ill, and just eight years later he sadly died from liver cancer at the age of 52.
Now, his friend Alvaro Cerezo has released unseen footage that shows Lang reacting to travelling on a plane, sailing on the sea, and experiencing a big city for the first time after his 41 years in the jungle.
The pair became friends through Cerezo's work with Docastaway, an organisation that helps people get away to desert islands and enjoy their own castaway experience.
He decided to help Lang get back to the jungle that he loved so much after the death of his father and documented their relationship together as they went.
Cerezo spoke out after Lang's death to say that he believes that the 'modern' lifestyle might have contributed in some ways to the death of his friend.
He said: "I'm so sad to see him go, but for me, his passing is also a liberation because I know he was suffering in the last months.
"He was a beautiful human being, to forget him will be impossible, I will miss him every day.
"But I didn't like seeing him living in civilisation. I was always concerned that he and his body wouldn't be able to handle such a drastic change.
"He had spent all his life living in the jungle and then came to live in the 'civilised world' where he started eating processed foods and sometimes even drinking alcohol."
In the jungle, Lang had lived in a raised hut five metres up a tree, and wore clothes made from tree bark.
He died on September 6 after months of fighting against liver cancer.
In a statement, the Secretary of the Party's Committee of Tra Bong District Dang, Minh Thao, said: "In early 2021, Mr. Lang suffered from severe pain in the abdomen.
"His relatives took him to a hospital in Quang Ngai city for examination, and he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
"When the Covid-19 epidemic broke out, he had to self-treat at home. The disease progressed so badly that he did not survive."
Although the majority of Lang's life was spent in complete isolation, his story has managed to reach millions across the world and he will be remembered fondly by many.
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