Tallest Female Teenager Girl, 19, too tall to walk as her bones can’t support her body

At seven foot tall, her bones can’t support her body and rely on a wheelchair to support her body.

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play Gelgi’s condition drew attention to her and made people naturally curious about her.
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A Turkish girl, 19, is reportedly the tallest teenage girl in the world.

play A Turkish girl, 19, is reportedly the tallest teenage girl in the world.
 

Rumeysa Gelgi has Weaver Syndrome, which causes accelerated bone growth which makes her look different.

At seven foot tall, her bones can’t support her body and rely on a wheelchair to support her body.

play At seven foot tall, her bones can’t support her body and relies on a wheelchair to support her body.

 

Weaver Syndrome is a rare genetic condition which causes advanced growth during childhood, developmental delay and some degree of learning disability.

The rapid growth begins before birth and continues through early childhood. 

It's believed that only a few dozen people worldwide have Weaver Syndrome, and it is more prevalent in men than women.  

Gelgi’s condition drew attention to her and made people naturally curious about her.

play Gelgi’s condition drew attention to her and made people naturally curious about her.

 

“I received long stares from people because I looked different and they were naturally curious about me,” Gelgi said.

“I became aware of my health condition when I was about five or six years old. I started to wonder why I looked different from other kids of my age,” she added.

In addition to having Weaver Syndrome, Gelgi also has scoliosis, which means an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.

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She relies on her parents’ support to move around in a wheelchair.

Her mother, Safiye Gelgi, said she was a big baby at the early stages of her pregnancy.

She gave birth to Gelgi prematurely at seven and half months because doctors said she was not a normal baby.

Safiye said: “Rumeysa was a big baby at the very early stages of my pregnancy.”

“My doctor told me that she was not a normal baby. Because of that she was born early at seven and a half months.”

play Her mother, Safiye Gelgi, said she was a big baby at the early stages of her pregnancy.

 

She continued: “She was taller than normal. She had deep, raspy voice. Her hands and feet were big. She looked very unusual not like other babies.”

Gelgi said as a child she questioned herself but she has overcome it with the support of her parents.

Indeed, she is the tallest female teenager in the world by Guinness World Records in 2014.

“As a child I questioned myself but I never felt unhappy. I overcome this with my parents' help,” she said.

“They told me that this syndrome is was rare. Because of them I felt the most important person in the world.”

She said of the Guinness World Records, “it's one of my biggest dreams to be awarded with this record.”

“Being a record-holder is a very amazing thing. I know that only the special people can make it and I know I'm one of them now.”



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