Hussein Mohamed Bisad
Hussain Bisad (Born 1975) is the second tallest man in the world, at 2.32 m (7 ft 7 1⁄2 in). He held the record for the largest hands of anyone alive until Sultan Kosen took the record. His hands are 10.59 inches or 26.9 cm long. He has size 50 feet and weighs 210 kg (460 lb). Doctors believe that Bisad has a condition called pituitary gigantism, that makes growth continue after most people stop developing. Expert in abnormal growth Professor Mike Besser, from Bart’s Hospital, Central London, said he probably has a tumour in the pituitary gland behind his eyes. Hussain Bisad is originally from Somalia, and he hails from the Reer Sahal subdivision of the Issa Musse subclan of the Isaaq Somalis. He fled Somalia after being shot, and has been granted asylum in Britain, where he now lives.
The Somalian was measured using a standard procedure for recording official heights which involves taking six measurements during a single day and then finding the average. This is because people are at a different height when they wake up from when they go back to bed. Mr Bisad came to the UK as an asylum seeker after robbers shot him in the knee in Somalia. He travelled by lorry to Ethiopia before getting on a plane to the UK, where airline staff had to allocate him two seats. The world’s tallest ever man was American Robert Wadlow, who died in 1940, at 8ft 11ins.