Sometimes in certain humans, the nervous system gets partially/completely destabilized, leading to various difficulties; such as the difficulties in hearing, seeing, talking, memory loss, etc. Growing abnormally tall is a rare condition that is characterized by a weakness in some part of your body. Since rare diseases are special medical conditions that affect only a small percentage of the population, medical services and medicines for these ailments are usually expensive or hardly available and accessible.
It is not a life-threatening condition, it can cause discomfort. It can lead to loss of appetite, reduction in weight, and in some cases, may require discontinuation of drugs in already compromised patients. This can result in medical problems and can have a severe psychological impact on the patient.
Until Robert Wadlow, who was born in February 22, 1918 attained the age of 8 years old, he was much taller than his father. Doctors who examined him revealed a rare genetic conditions; hyperplasia of the pituitary gland a strange condition that results in excessive development which is as a result of a huge quantity of human growth hormones. The young gentleman was said to be about 6 feet (1.82m) tall as a kid.
Born and brought up in Alton, Illinois, a small city near St. Louis, Missouri, the gentleman in his prime became a member of the Order of DeMolay and switched to Franklin Lodge No. 25 in Alton, IL as a grown-up man. As a member of the society, it is believed that his Masonic ring was the biggest ever made. He was given several nicknames and the notable ones are the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois,
Wadlow passed on in 1940 when he was 22 years of age and at that time had reach the full height of 8'11" (2.71m). At the period of his demise, there was little prove that his growth has been truncated. There is yet to be another person to get to that height and he however, holds the Guinness Book of World Record's as the tallest man in history.
On the 19th day of July 1940, the gentleman giant was laid to rest and was interred at the Alton Cemetery in a casket designed uniquely by the casket company, Grand Traverse. It comprised of steel and was 10 feet six inches in length which weighed over 1,000 pounds. It took the services of several pallbearers and eight other attendants in addition to convey the coffin due to its heavy weight of 439 pounds.
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