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24-year-old from Turkey confirmed as world's tallest living woman
Last Updated : 18 Oct 2021 07:33:34 AM IST


Turkey's Rumesya Gelgi was confirmed this week as the tallest living woman in the world with a height of 215.16cm (7ft 0.7in).

Ms Gelgi, 24, broke the Guinness World Records for the 2nd time. In 2014, at the age of 18, she was given the title of the tallest female teenager alive by Guinness World Records.

Ms Gelgi's condition is caused by a very rare disease. She suffers from Weaver Syndrome, which accelerates growth. The condition also causes other abnormalities like skeletal maturation.

Ms Rumesya Gelgi mostly uses a wheelchair, but she can also walk sometimes with the help of a walker.

"Being different is not as bad as you think. It can bring you unexpected success," Gelgi told reporters as she proudly stood up with the help of her walking frame.
Gelgi, who usually depends on a wheelchair or a frame to move around, says she hopes to use her title to increase awareness about rare genetic disorders such as Weaver syndrome.
"I personally think that differences and other features which seem like a disadvantage can be turned to advantages if you want it and make the effort for it. That is exactly what I did." The tallest man in the world, Sultan Kösen who was measured at 2 meters 51centimeters in 2018, is also from Turkey. Gelgi says she hopes to meet him in person one day.

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