Tallest Man Surgery at UVA Deemed a Success
The world's tallest man has been given a good prognosis following surgery yesterday at the UVA Medical Center for a rare condition that causes uncontrolled growth. Charles Fishburne has a follow-up Science Matters report.
Twenty-seven-year-old Sulton Coson came through the operation so well, he and his doctors have a news conference scheduled later this morning in Charlottesville.
Sheehan: The operation went very well.
Dr. Jason Sheehan performed gamma knife radio surgery on a non-malignant tumor in his pituitary gland, which caused him to grow more than eight feet. Neither conventional surgery nor drugs had been able to stop the uncontrolled growth.
Sheehan: We didn't have any other really good options and growth was likely going to put his overall quality of life and his life expectancy at dramatic risk.
At over eight feet, Sulton Coson holds the Guinness record as the world's tallest living man; and after yesterday's operation doctors say he will live a lot longer.