Sulemana Abdul Samet, 29, has been told by doctors at a hospital in northern Ghana that she has reached a height of 2.89m, which would make her the world’s tallest man. Currently living in Turkey, Sultan Gosen has set a record with a height of 2.51 m.
Doctors in Ghana don’t say they are confident in the measurements, however, because they don’t have the right tools.
Sulemana Abdul Samet, who was diagnosed with giant cell disease a few years ago, regularly goes for medical check-ups. One day a nurse told him that he was taller than the upper limit of the height measuring device. The young man was not surprised to hear that he was tall, but he had not expected such a sight.
A reporter BBC Ghana went to check the height of the young man.
They met and looked for a wall that could mark the height. The problem was that the young man was taller than most of the houses in his neighborhood. Eventually they found a suitable building with a wall high enough.
The man took off his shoes and the neighbor got on a chair so he could draw a line above his head to indicate his height.
The measurement showed that Suleman Abdul Samet was 2.23 m. “Wow, what does that mean?” was his reaction.
“The tallest man alive is 2.51m,” the measurer told him, referring to 40-year-old Sultan Gosan, who lives in Turkey. It holds the current Guinness World Record .
“I’m still getting taller. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll reach that height too,” remarked Sulemana Abdul Samet, who was unfazed by the irony at the hospital.
“If you haven’t seen me in three or four months, if you see me, you realize I’ve grown,” he added.
He started noticing the young man’s growth at the age of 22, living in the capital city of Accra, where he had come to work. He had a severely curved spine, one of the obvious symptoms of the genetic disorder he suffers from, which leads to abnormally long limbs and heart problems. Doctors say the teenager needs brain surgery to stop his growth, but Ghana’s health insurance does not cover the surgery.
For each visit to the hospital, the young man must raise about 50 dollars.
Due to ill health, he was forced to return to his native village six years ago and give up his dream of becoming a driver.
“I wanted to go to driving school, but even when I move the seat back, I can’t hold the steering wheel…I hit the steering wheel with my knee, so I can’t stretch my leg,” said the man. Recalculates.
He used to play football and says that now he cannot walk even a short distance. She wants to get married and have children one day, but solving her health problems and raising money for surgery is a priority.
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