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Tallest Boy In The World Undergoes Life-Saving Operation On Well-Known TLC Program

The life of Gabriel Gomes, the tallest boy in the world, will be documented in a TLC TV program ‘Body Bizarre’. Airing on Thursday nights, Body Bizarre follows the lives of people who are affected by mysterious and rare medical conditions. According to program’s official description, “[The medical conditions] are so uncommon that even top doctors and other experts don't know much about the anomalies…Each hourlong episode uncovers several cases from around the world, features personal interviews with afflicted individuals, and explains the science behind each condition.”

Standing at 7 foot 5 inches (approximately 2.3 meters), Gabriel, a 12-year-old boy from Brasilia, Brazil, is a gigantic figure alongside children and adults alike. According to doctors, Gabriel’s body will shut down if he doesn’t undergo brain surgery. Designed to restrict further growth, the risky surgery halts further growth and prevents Gabriel’s organs from failing.

Gabriel’s incredible height and growth is caused by his body’s hormone balance. Specifically, Gabriel has been diagnosed with Gigantism: a life-threatening disorder that affects people with a tumor in their pituitary gland (which is located in the brain). Depending on the size and location of a tumor, the pituitary gland can produce an irregular amount of growth hormone.

The Body Bizarre episode on Gabriel will follow the young boy in the lead-up to his brain surgery operation. Before the operation, doctors planned to completely remove the tumor in his pituitary gland, with the hope that the boy’s hormone production will stabilize at a safe level.

Advance segments of the episode show how much Gabriel has suffered because of his condition. “It bothers me that I'm quite tall, I want to be normal,” says the young boy. “I feel pain, my legs ache a lot. Sometimes I suffer from back pain because I have a hunched back.”

Despite his condition, the young teen is eager to start his normal life, telling viewers: “I am not studying because it is difficult to find a vacancy as I am very tall, it's really difficult. I hope that I will be able to study after the surgery.”

Gabriel’s mother, Ricardene, will also appear on Body Bizarre. In program advertisements, Ricardene can be heard praising her son for his bravery and determination. “I hope he comes out a different person,” she sobs. “To experience a normal life, as he's never had one…I hope it's all worth it after so much suffering, nobody deserves to go through this. It's really tough.”

During the ensuing operation, doctors in a San Paolo hospital operated on the young boy for several hours. Incredibly, despite a string of complications, the professional surgeons were able to remove the tumor from Gabriel’s pituitary gland, stabilize his irregular blood pressure and lower his hormone levels.

“The surgery goal was to lower his hormone levels,” says the operating doctor, known only as Sanders. “I bring the good news that the hormones have lowered quite a lot, reaching normal levels. The tumor removal was very effective.” Gabriel’s condition over the next few months will give a more accurate picture of the success of his brain surgery.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: MailOnline

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