Ukrainian declared world's tallest person

Leonid Stadnik, the world's tallest manA Ukrainian man is the tallest person in the world at 8 feet 5 inches (2.56 meters), overshadowing a Chinese man who previously held the title, Guinness World Records said Wednesday.

Leonid Stadnik, a 37-year-old former veterinarian, is 8 inches (20.3 cm) taller than the former titleholder, China's Bao Xishun, who measured 7 feet 9 inches (2.36 meters), Guinness World Records spokeswoman Amarilis Espinoza said in London.

Stadnik's growth spurt started at age 14 after a brain operation apparently stimulated his pituitary gland, which produces the human growth hormone.

He lives with his mother, Halyna, in northwestern Ukraine, taking care of the family's house and garden.

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A.M.Wagers said…
He actually didn't have the surgery at 14 which is why he keeps growing, he didn't even see a doctor until his mid thirties, I just watched a whole documentary on him and 3 other people with his disorder, there was or maybe still is a tumor growing uner his gland that causes it to continue to produce human growth hormones far past the normal age.