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Tallest woman on earth finds new lease of life at AIIMS

New Delhi: For the 25-year-old Siddiqa Parveen, her height, which has earned her the distinction of being the tallest woman on earth, was cause more for pain than joy.For the woman who has been honoured
PTI January 27, 2014 21:36 IST
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New Delhi: For the 25-year-old Siddiqa Parveen, her height, which has earned her the distinction of being the tallest woman on earth, was cause more for pain than joy.

For the woman who has been honoured with a mention in Guinness World Records for her height was for 15 years rendered home-bound and helpless by disease before finding a fresh lease of life at AIIMS here.

Siddiqa, a native of South Dinajpur in West Bengal, suffered from gigantism due to a brain tumour - a condition known as Giant Invasive Pituitary tumour - which had led to her growing to 7ft 8inches tall with a weight of 130kg along with enlarged body parts, including hands and feet.  But doctors at the premier hospital have performed a surgery on her which they say is “the first of multiple steps in her road to complete recovery”.

“Siddiqa was admitted in AIIMS six weeks back with a condition where her serum growth hormone level was significantly elevated as a consequence of over secretion of the hormone by the pituitary tumour,” said Dr Nikhil Tandon, professor of Endocrinology at AIIMS.  

Siddiqa also had a vertebral spine fracture and could not walk properly, Tandon added.