World's Tallest Man Leonid Stadnik Meeting President of Ukraine

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko speaks with Ukrainian Leonid Stadnik, the world's tallest man, measuing 2.55 meters high according to the Guinness World Records, in Kiev, 24 March 2008.

Ukrainian president presented Leonid Stadnik with a car which was specially adapted for him by Ukrainian corporation Autozaz-Daewoo. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Leonid Stadnik Biography from Wikipedia

Leonid Ivanovyc Stadnyk (born 1971 in Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is the world's tallest living man according to Guinness World Records 2008. He is a certified veterinarian and veterinary surgeon and lives with his mother in the village of Podolyantsi, Ukraine. Leonid Stadnyk's excessive growth began after brain surgery when he was 14 years old. He developed a pituitary gland tumor which caused the gland to secrete large amounts of growth hormone, resulting in what doctors describe as acromegalic gigantism.

On August 8, 2007, Guinness book's spokeswoman Amarilis Espinoza stated that in the 2008 edition of the record book, Mr Stadnyk at 2.59m, replaces Bao Xishun, a native of Inner Mongolia in China who stands 2.36 m. In the past, Stadnyk refused to be measured and consequently denied the GWR recognition. In 2007, the Guinness World Records was permitted to take height measurements, thereby officially recognizing Stadnyk as the world's tallest man.

A Pravda news report in Spring 2006 reported that Leonid Stadnyk grew 2 cm (0.79 in) in the previous year, not accounting the time between the original Spring 2004 report and Spring 2005. According to Pravda, his health is slowly failing in that he needs to hold on to limbs of trees and the side of his house to walk about. A group of Ukrainian business people donated a satellite dish and a computer to Stadnyk and now he has Internet access.

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