On February 22, 1918, a healthy boy named Robert Wadlow was born. Although, nobody could’ve anticipated that the seemingly normal baby boy will grow up to be the world’s tallest man.


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Wadlow’s extraordinary growth was fueled by a hyperactive pituitary gland. This has led him to grow at an astounding rate soon after birth. By the age of 5, he had to wear clothes intended for a 17-year old, as he reached the height of 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in). Three years later he outgrew and outweighed his own father as he has towered at a height of 187cm (6 ft 2 in) and weighted 90kg (200 pounds).

There’s no denying, that Wadlow was an extraordinary child, however his parents tried to make his life as normal as possible. It was not easy for him to participate in regular activities because some adjustments had to be made. When at the age of 13 years old he became the world’s tallest Boy Scout, he had to wear a custom-made uniform and had a tent and a sleeping bag modified according to his height.

The giant, broke the record for world’s tallest man when he reached the 2.53 meters (8 ft 4 in) height at the age of 18. However, he suffered from weakness and lack of sensation in his legs and feet, and he required leg braces and a cane to walk. In 1940 ill-fitted brace rubbing against his ankle caused a blister. It got badly infected and on July 15, 1940, Wadlow passed away at the age of 22. Prior to his death, the doctors had measured his height at 2.72 meters (8 ft 11.1 in). The last words of the giant were “The doctor says I won’t get home for the celebrations”. He was referring to his paternal grandparent’s golden wedding.

Recently a breathtaking rare footage of this unique man has emerged. Watch it below and tell us what you think in the comments!

On February 22, 1918, a healthy boy named Robert Wadlow was born

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Nobody could’ve anticipated that the seemingly normal baby boy will grow up to be the world’s tallest man

Image credits: Getty images

Wadlow’s extraordinary growth was fueled by a hyperactive pituitary gland

Image credits: Getty images

By the age of 5, he had to wear clothes intended for a 17-year old, as he reached the height of 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)

Image credits: Getty images

Three years later he outgrew and outweighed his father as his height reached 187 cm (6 ft 2 in) and he weighted 90 kg (200 pounds)

Image credits: Getty images

At 13 years old he became the world’s tallest Boy Scout, he had to wear a custom-made uniform and used a modified tent and a sleeping bag

Image credits: Getty images

Robert broke the record for world’s tallest man when he reached the 2.53 m (8 ft 4 in) height at the age of 18

Image credits: Getty images

He suffered from weakness and lack of sensation in his legs and feet, and he required leg braces and a cane to walk

Image credits: Getty images

In 1940 ill-fitted brace rubbing against his ankle caused a blister

Image credits: Getty images

It got badly infected and on July 15, 1940, Wadlow passed away at the age of 22

Image credits: Getty images

Prior to his death, the doctors had measured his height at 2.72 meters (8 ft 11.1 in)

Image credits: Getty images

Recently a breathtaking footage of this unique man has emerged, watch it below