Siblings from Egypt recently broke five Guinness world records related to height. They are called the Giants of Egypt — meet them.
The world is filled with at least 7 billion people, all individually different in one way or the other but still fundamentally the same; standing out is virtually impossible.
Some are naturally predisposed to it, and that category is wherein the Egyptian siblings, who recently broke five Guinness world records, fall.
The shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, and the worlds tallest man, Sultan Kosen photographed on November 13, 2014 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images
Their names are Mohamed and Huda Shehata, and they call them the Giants of Egypt. The sum of their heights is 13 ft 7 in (414.4cm) — almost as tall as the famous double-decker bus that plies the streets of London.
Mohamed, 34, reportedly has hands larger than a dinner plate, making him the man with the broadest handspan recorded on a living male. He also has the widest arm span on a living human male. It measures a vast 250.3 cm. His sister, Huda, also broke three records.
They include Largest feet on a living person (female) - 33.1 cm; Largest hands on a live person (female) - 24.3 cm (9.56 in) and the Widest arm span on a living person for a female - 236.3 cm (7 ft 8.4 in).
They are likely to undergo surgery to stop the growth.
Their measurements were taken by Guinness World Records Adjudicator Kenzy Defrawy, who met them at a clinic in Egypt. She was aided by Dr. Khaled Emara, a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, and his medical staff Dr. Mahmoud El Shopaky and Dr. Mohamed Nour.
Huda and Mohamed reside with their mom, Rouhiya Abdulaziz, in a small village located about 90 minutes outside Cairo. Their height did not come without side effects; physically, they found it challenging to find clothes in their sizes.
Health-wise, they suffer from a benign tumor growing in their pituitary glands due to excess production of growth hormones in their body. The two are still growing, and they are likely to undergo surgery to stop the growth. A similar case was observed in Sultan Kösen, the Tallest Man Living.
In 2012, Kosen, who reportedly works as a farmer in Turkey, underwent surgery at the University of Virginia. The purpose was to treat a similar condition known as acromegaly — it happens when a benign tumor of the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone.
Aside from the Egyptian twins and Kosen, another girl is also dominating in the height segment. Her name is Maci Currin, and she has the longest legs in the world.
Along with Mohamed and Huda, she will feature in the 2021 Guinness book of world records. Hopefully, the achievement will remind them that being different is unique.