This could be the next tallest person in the world.
Bro Brown is a 19 year old guy from Michigan, who is well on his way to being the tallest person in the world. He was already the tallest teen in the world, until he turned 18 and was no longer eligible. Growing at a rate of 6 inches per year, he will surpass the current tallest man, Sultan Kosen, who is 8ft 2inches. His mother, Darci knew from a young age that Broc was gonna be one big boy. "Iâd say Broc was around 5ft 2ins when he was in kindergarten. When he got into middle school he was around 6ft tall and by high school he was 7ft tall."
Sotos Syndrome- cerebral gigantism is what Broc was diagnosed with at age five. Sadly it leaves most of the 15,000 people it affects not living past their teen years. It is found vastly more in males.
Not only does Broc also suffer from learning disabilities , but he has a strain on his heart, curvature of the spine, as well as a narrowing of the spinal cord. Unfortunately, he was born with only one kidney, so he can't take painkillers, leaving him in a great deal of back pain. Broc says "It kind of feels like a big tennis racket has gone through my back. I do stuff to stop it hurting and it makes me feel like thereâs a needle gone through it â itâs hard to deal with. I just wish the doctors could do something to help my pain."
Bro went with his family to the Arkansas Children's Center to meet with an expert on his condition, Dr. Bradley Schaefer. Though he wasn't able to cure Broc's pain, he did have some good news. "Broc is easily the tallest man I have ever seen. Unfortunately he will always have to deal with some form of pain but I believe that he will now have a regular life span." Broc was so excited to get the news!
Broc still must deal the physical implications, as well as the huge cost that it takes to cover things like clothing, food and special equipment.
All Broc's clothing has to be specially made. Wearing a shoe size of a massive 28 and socks that cost $15 per pair, it starts to add up. Combine his 8 foot bed with all his other special equipment, and the costs are quite significant.
Broc and his Mom know things won't be easy, but they are very positive. "I donât ever want to push him in to doing something he doesnât want to do. I just hope he has a good life and is happy with everything he ever does," she said.