Ghanaian Giant: Suleman Abdul Samed, who is 9 feet 6 inches (2.89 meters) tall, would be the tallest man in the world if the Ghanaian hospital where he was measured had the right measuring equipment.
The 29-year-old, who was given a gigantism diagnosis a few years ago, was in the hospital for a routine checkup to address the health issues his condition caused.
According to the BBC, the nurse who measured him this time expressed surprise that he had grown “taller than the scale.”
Samed was perplexed by the reaction his height created and the fact that he was a spectacle in the neighborhood. He was known locally as Awuche, Hausa for “Let’s Go.”
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I’m still getting taller, Awuche said in a BBC interview. When he learned that the tallest guy alive is 8 feet 2.8 inches tall, he said, “Who knows, maybe one day I may grow to that height too.”
“Every three to four months, I get bigger… If you haven’t seen me in three or four months and then do, you’ll notice that I’ve grown,” he continued.
When he was 22 years old, his height started to grow. Awuche claims that when he woke up one morning, he discovered that his tongue had grown so large in his mouth that he could not breathe normally.
He recalls going to the neighborhood pharmacy to purchase some medication, but a few days after the occurrence, he realized that every other body part had begun to enlarge.
He soon outgrew everyone nearby, towering over them.
However, his growth had its own set of medical issues. Awuche has a hereditary disease called Marfan syndrome, which affects the body tissues and results in an unnaturally twisted spine.
This causes catastrophic diseases like heart abnormalities and excessively lengthy limbs. According to medical professionals, he needs brain surgery to stop the growth.
He needs to raise $50 for each hospital visit because the government health insurance in Ghana does not cover this. Six years ago, Awuche, who had aspirations of becoming a driver, was forced to return to his village due to health problems.
“I was going to enroll in driving school, but even with the seat shifted back, I can’t handle the wheel… My knee will hit the wheel if I try to stretch my leg,” Awuche told BBC.
He said, “I was sporty when I was young, and I used to play football like any other young man, but today I cannot even walk small distances.”
Despite the hardships that Awuche must go through, he has developed a little following in his community. People want to take selfies with him, and random people enquire about the “giant” they see on social media.
We stand and shoot beautiful shots when I say, “Yes, come closer,” Awuche stated. He expressed his appreciation for his family’s support and mentioned that none of his other family members, including his three brothers, exhibit any symptoms resembling his disease.
“I’m just the tallest man; none of them are. I’m okay since it is the way Allah chose for me. I don’t have an issue with how God made me, Awuche declared.
Awuche’s first objective right now is to raise money for cosmetic surgery to treat a dangerous skin condition that developed on one of his legs due to excessive limb growth.