Sultan Kösen (born 10 December 1982) is a Kurd from Turkey who holds the Guinness World Record for tallest living male at 251 centimetres (8 ft 2.82 in). His growth resulted from the condition acromegaly, caused by a tumour affecting his pituitary gland. Due to his condition, he uses crutches in order to walk.
Kösen in 2009
|Born||10 December 1982|
|Known for||Tallest living man, 7th verified tallest person in history|
|Height||2.51 m (8 ft 2 7⁄8 in)|
Merve Dibo (m. 2013)
Kösen was unable to complete his education because of his height, so instead he worked part-time as a farmer. He describes the advantages of being tall as being able to see a great distance and being able to help his family with domestic tasks such as changing light bulbs and hanging curtains. He lists disadvantages as not being able to find clothes legs measuring 126 centimetres (49.61 in) and sleeve length measuring 97 centimetres (38.19 in) or shoes that fit, as well as finding it difficult to fit into an average-sized car.
Starting in 2010, Kösen received Gamma Knife treatment for his pituitary tumour at the University of Virginia Medical School and was provided with medication to control his excessive levels of growth hormone. It was confirmed in March 2012 that the treatment had been effective in halting Kösen's growth.
In October 2013, Kösen married Syrian-born Merve Dibo, who is ten years younger than he is. In an interview, he said that his biggest problem with his wife is communication, as he spoke Turkish but his wife spoke only Arabic.
On 25 August 2009, Kösen's standing height was recorded at 246.4 cm (8 ft 1 in) in his home country by Guinness World Records, overtaking former world record holder Bao Xishun who stands 236.1 cm (7 ft 8 15⁄16 in) tall. Kösen also holds the current Guinness record for the largest hands at 27.5 cm (10 7⁄8 in), and the second largest feet at 36.5 cm (14 3⁄8 in) (left foot) and 35.5 cm (14 in) (right foot).
On 25 August 2010, according to the University of Virginia, a height of up to 254.3 cm (8 ft 4 1⁄8 in) had been confirmed by doctors, who stated that this might be Kösen's actual height, artificially lowered by scoliosis and bad posture.
On 9 February 2011, Kösen was remeasured by Guinness World Records at 251 cm (8 ft 2 7⁄8 in). They also remeasured his hands at 28 cm (11 in), which broke his previous record.
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