Rumeysa Gelgi is a 17-year-old girl from Turkey who has just been presented with the Guinness World Record award for being the world’s tallest female teenager. In fact, standing at 7ft tall, she is much taller than all but a handful of people. To be precise, Rumeysa’s height is 213.6 cm (7ft 0.09 in).
Unfortunately, the girl’s height is caused by a rare genetic disorder called Weaver Syndrome, which causes rapid growth, and not just in height. At 24.5 cm, Rumeysa’s hands are quite large too, and her feet’s length — 30.5 cm — equals a 12 in men’s shoe sizes.
The girl’s height causes her mobility problems, which is why she has a custom-built wheelchair and walking frame (seen in the pictures below) to help her move around. Yet, Rumeysa kind of enjoys it. She says:
It’s interesting and makes me feel special. It also provides me with easy access to high places, and looking down at people from above isn’t a bad thing either.
Rumeysa’s doctors say that she will not grow any further, which will prevent her from beating the record of Tallest Living Person, which belongs to Sultan K├╢sen, also from Turkey, who is 251 cm (8ft 3 in) tall.
The Tallest Ever Female Teenager is Canadian Anna Haining Swan (1846 — 1888), who was 241.3 cm (7ft 11 in) tall. The Tallest Man ever is American Robert Wadlow who was 272cm (8ft 11.1 in) tall in 1940. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Rumeysa Gelgi, who has a standing height of 213.6 cm (7ft 0.09 in), has been officially declared the world’s tallest teenager.
2. Her height is caused by a condition called Weaver Syndrome – a rare genetic disorder that causes rapid growth.
3. In addition to her height, Rumeysa’s hands have grown measure 24.5 cm and feet 30.5 cm — the equivalent of a 12 in men’s shoe sizes.
4. Her size causes her mobility problems, and she has a custom-built wheelchair and walking frame to help her get around. Rumeysa’s shoes are also custom made in America for her.
5. Rumeysa’s doctors say that she will not grow any further.
6. Rumeysa said: “It’s interesting and makes me feel special. It also provides me with easy access to high places, and looking down at people from above isn’t a bad thing either”.
And here is the video:
Via The Daily Mail.
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