Meet a real "medical miracle." In the early 1900s, the case of Adam Rainer's strange and miraculous growth astonished physicians...and shocked the world.
Rainer was born in Graz, Austria, in 1899.
He was a normal, healthy child by all accounts. Despite being born to parents of normal height, Rainer stood at just 4 feet, 6 inches.
Rainer's life changed completely at the age of 21.
Over the next 10 years, Rainer (who was 4'10'' at the time) would grow to an incredible 7'1" by the time he turned 31. Also during this time, Rainer began to develop severe curvature of the spine.
Rainer's growth spurt shocked the medical community.
Doctors examined Rainer to try to determine the source of his wild growth. physicians concluded that a tumor on Rainer's pituitary gland was leading to an overproduction of growth hormones. Here you can see Rainer's height compared to a normal-sized man.
In an attempt to cure him of his uncontrollable growth...
Physicians operated on Rainer's pituitary gland to remove the tumor. They were only partially successful. He was still growing, but now at a much slower pace.
Rainer continued to grow for the remainder of his life
Rainer was plagued by numerous health problems. Eventually, the curvature of his spine become so bad that he was confined to his bed. Rainer also became blind in his right eye, and suffered hearing loss in his left ear.
Rainer passed away at the age of 51 and at a height of 7'10".
Rainer is the only person in all of human history who has been able to call himself both a dwarf and a giant in the same lifetime.
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