In later years, the media have shown their attention to various extremely tall men who have appeared in different places around the world. However, only one can be given the title of ”the tallest man that ever existed”. The name of this person is Robert Wadlow and he was born in 1918. He was a very healthy boy and no one could have ever imagined that he would grow to be 2.72 (8 ft 11.1 in) meters. Unfortunatelly, Robert died only 22 years after he was born, since his extreme height brought multiple problems for his feet and his entire health.
On February 22, 1918, Robert Wadler was born
Nobody could have ever imagined at that point that this boy could grow to be the tallest man on earth.
By the age of 5 he had to wear clothes of a 17-year-old
He had reached the height of 1.63 meters (5 ft 4 in).
At the age of eight he had outgrew his own father’s height and weight
He was already 1.87 meters tall (6 ft 2 in) and weighed 90 kg (200 pounds).
His parents tried to make his life as normal as possible
At the age of 13, he became the tallest Boy scout in the world and his parents had to modify his tent and sleeping bag in order to fit his measures.
At the age of 18 he measured 2.53 meters (8 ft 4 in)
Due to his extreme height he suffered from weakness in his legs and lack of sensation of them.
He needed braces and a cane in order to walk
The ill-fitted brace was rubbing agaist his foot and that resulted in his ankle getting a blister.
His ankle got badly infected on July 15, 1940
That same day, Robert died at the age of 22.
When the doctors measured him for the last time he had reached the height of 2.72 meters (8 ft 11.1 in)
The last words of this living giant were ”The doctor says that I won’t get home for the celebrations” and he was referring to his grandparent’s golden wedding anniversary.