Nineteen year old Robert Wadlow (height 8 ft 7 in) the tallest person in recorded history, chatting with a friend after appearing at a charity event in Omaha, Nebraska, April 1, 1937. He grew another 4 inches before his death three years later - [1600x1243]


I am inquisitive: provided today's medical abilities, would it is feasible to help keep him alive for considerably longer than 22? just how painful is it for someone whoever human body literally can not stop growing to carry on living at ...



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  • I'm curious: Given today's medical abilities, would it be possible to keep him alive for much longer than 22? How painful is it for someone whose body literally can't stop growing to continue living at that size? Considering he had to use a cane in his late teens, I'm assuming it's nearly impossible to function normally.
  • From his wiki page, he did not die from the condition that caused his height. A fault brace irritated his ankle, resulting in a parasitic infection. Doctors treated the infection with blood transfusion but his condition worsened die to a autoimmune disorder and he died in his sleep as a result. But I have read that people like this have a much shorter lifespan than that of non affected people.
  • Right, it wasn't direct, but I would assume that if it wasn't the infection, it would be something else. I've read that a lot of people who undergo serious growth spurts in their teens are nearly bedridden from lack of energy, so I would assume the same thing applies someone who experiences continuous growth over the years, which would then make it much easier for maladies (like this infection) to not only take hold but to do more serious damage. Also, weighing 450 pounds has to be hell on your bones and joints. I can't imagine they'd be able to stand up to that pressure for anything amounting to a natural lifespan.
  • Yeah I don't imagine it was easy living for him. The fact that he used a cane and braces says a lot, at his young age. It may be interested, but also incredibly sad. Someone else mentioned that being so tall, it takes receptors in the body to travel to the brain that much longer. Additionally, for every pound you gain, your body creates around 7 miles of arteries. I am sure he wasn't comfortable or healthy. I wonder if, in this day and age, modern medicine could stop the hyperplasia of his pituitary gland. Or anyone else who is afflicted with this.
  • Uh, citation needed on that 7 miles of arteries thing.
  • This is what the other redditor cited. http://www.reddit.com/r/HistoryPorn/comments/308r3r/nineteen_year_old_robert_wadlow_height_8_ft_7_in/cpqab24
  • Ah, yes. The ever reliable omgfacts.com.
  • I always read comments like this in the comic book guy, from the simpsons, voice. Get a wee bonus giggle.
  • Worst. Comment. Ever.
  • You just made reddit so much better for me. Thank you.
  • That's kind of a useless fact though. The volume of blood those additional arteries can hold would be more meaningful, and I'm willing to bet its a small amount of blood. Most of that 7 miles is going to be extremely small capillaries. just saying 😀
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