World’s Tallest Men

March 18, 2012 by staff 

World's Tallest MenWorld’s Tallest Men, Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, at eight feet three inches (2.51 meters), the world’s tallest living man, says it’s “a blessing” he is no longer growing thanks to radiosurgery in the United States. “I am honored and grateful for this life-saving surgery,” said Kosen, 29, via an email to AFP on Thursday from Guinness World Records in London, whose offices he visited the day before.

“Without my record-breaking status, I would never have had the opportunity to tell people about my condition,” he added. “It is a blessing.”

Nearly two years after gamma ray radiosurgery in the eastern state of Virgina, doctors confirmed this week that Kosen has overcome acromegaly, a rare hormonal disorder that caused him to keep growing well into adulthood.

“He’s stopped growing, which is good,” neurosurgeon Jason Sheehan, who performed the non-invasive procedure that zapped the troublesome pituitary tumor within Kosen’s brain with extreme precision, told AFP.

“He will still have some medical therapy to deal with the excessive height he has achieved,” added Sheehan by telephone from the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

“However, it is hopeful that he will not have any additional challenges because of continued growth.”

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