Monday, July 19, 2010

Yao Defen 233.3 cm Tall women

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Yao Defen 233.3 cm Claimant as tallest living female at 7 ft 8 in (233.3 cm). Not confirmed by Guinness World Records. Yao Defen (Chinese: 姚德芬; pinyin: Yáo Défēn) of China, (born July 15, 1972) is claimed to be the tallest living woman. The Guinness Book of World Records said Sandy Allen of the U.S. was the tallest woman until Allen's death on August 13, 2008, but dispute Defen's claim. She weighs two hundred kilograms (four hundred and forty pounds) and has size twenty-six (U.K.) / seventy-eight (E.U.) feet. Her gigantism is due to a tumor in her pituitary gland. The third Tall Women in the world. Tall women.

Early life

Tall women: Yao Defen was born to poor farmers in the town of Liuan in the Anhui province of Shucheng County. At birth she weighed 6.16 pounds. At the age of three years she was eating more than three times the amount of food that other three-year-old children were eating. When she was eleven years old she was about six feet, two inches tall. She was six feet nine inches tall by the age of fifteen years. Tall women.

Tall women: The story of this "woman giant" began to spread rapidly after she went to see a doctor at the age of fifteen years for an illness. After that, many companies attempted to train her to be a sports star. The plans were abandoned, however, because Defen was too weak. Because she is illiterate, since 1992 Yao Defen has been forced to earn a living by traveling with her father and performing. Tall women.

Tall women: Yao Defen's giant stature was caused by a large tumor in the pituitary gland of her brain, which was releasing too much growth hormone and caused excessive growth in her bones. Six years ago, a hospital in Guangzhou Province removed the tumor, and she stopped growing. Tall women.

Tall women: The tumor returned and she was treated in Shanghai in 2007, but was sent home for six months with the hope that medication would reduce her tumor enough to allow surgery. The second surgery was never performed due to lack of funds. Tall women.

Tall women: In 2009 T.L.C. devoted a whole night's show to her. She suffered from a fall in her home and had internal bleeding of the brain. She recovered and felt some happiness after a visit from the tallest living man, who also lived in China. Tall women.

Medical help

Tall women: A British television program filmed a documentary on her and helped raise money so she could get proper medical care. They measured her and according to the documentary she is seven feet, eight inches tall. Two leading doctors in acromegaly agreed to help Yao. She was taken to a nearby city hospital, where imaging procedures revealed that a small portion of her tumor, thought to have been removed many years before, still remained, causing continuing problems including weakening vision as it pressed against her optic nerve. She returned home, then was admitted for a month under observation in the larger Shanghai Ruijin Hospital, and given dietary supplements. In that hospital, her growth hormone was greatly slowed down, although it is still a problem. Upon her return home to her mother and brother, she was able to walk with crutches, unassisted by others, and was given a six-month supply of medicines and supplements in hopes of improving her condition enough to undergo surgery. Tall women.


Tall women: Yao currently suffers from hypertension, heart disease, poor nutrition, and osteoporosis. Acromegaly often results from a tumor within the pituitary gland that causes excess growth hormone secretion. As a result, the body's features become enlarged. It can also delay the onset of puberty as is the case with Yao. She has no secondary sexual characteristics. Potential complication lacking surgery includes blindness and eventually premature death. Tall women.
She lives near her mother (who is only four feet, eight inches tall) in a small village in rural China. Tall women.

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