Health

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Ireland's tallest man Shaun can hardly stand due to health problems

THIS Ireland's tallest man, who is 7ft three-and-a-half inches and can barely stand up due to ill health.

Shaun Aisbitt (51) from Greystones, takes a massive size 22 in shoes.

Shaun was the tallest man in Ireland from the age of 21, but he wasn't diagnosed with the condition gigantism until he was about 39.

"They had a competition on the Late Late Show," he said.

"I was 6ft 11ins then. I started to grow again at 39 which was very unusual," he said.

Gigantism is characterised by excessive growth and height.

"They have been doing research into the condition at the National Children's Hospital in Crumlin," Shaun said. It occurs when a child's body produces too much growth hormone.

CONDITION

Shaun, a reverend, worked as a missionary round the world, but he had to step down for health reasons.

Shaun has suffered a series of health problems that are linked to his gigantism condition.

Shaun Aisbett pictured with one of his size 22 boots at his Greystones home yesterday.
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Shaun Aisbett pictured with one of his size 22 boots at his Greystones home yesterday. SEE FIONA DILLON COPY
Shaun Aisbett pictured with his wife Jackie holding one of his size 22 boots at his Greystones home yesterday.
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Shaun Aisbett pictured with his wife Jackie holding one of his size 22 boots at his Greystones home yesterday. SEE FIONA DILLON COPY
II FEATS:
 Ireland's tallets man...7ft.3ins Shaun Aisbitt and a friend outside his home  in Bray,Co.Wicklow Pic Tom Burke 6/4/07
II FEATS: Ireland's tallets man...7ft.3ins Shaun Aisbitt and a friend outside his home in Bray,Co.Wicklow Pic Tom Burke 6/4/07

His condition is so bad it has left him effectively bedridden.

"My left leg is totally paralysed. The right leg is starting to go as well," he said.

"It's one of the things with gigantism in that basically you lose feeling. It's progressive."

Gigantism, which causes people to grow very tall, is quite a rare condition, Shaun said.

He said he was previously president of the Tall Persons' Club in Ireland, which he started up some years ago. Shaun, who was raised in the North Strand area, said his brother is 6ft 5ins tall and his sister is average height, at around 5ft 4ins. His wife Jackie is 6ft tall.

When it comes to buying clothes and shoes, Shaun told the Herald: "Thank God for the the internet."

fdillon@herald.ie

Irish Independent

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