Wednesday 28 January 2015

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 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. SEE FIONA DILLON COPY
Shaun Aisbett pictured 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

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.

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.

fdillon@herald.ie

Irish Independent

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