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Tumor Made Him The Tallest Living Man In America. Now, Igor Vovkovinskiy Reminds Us About The Simple Things We Shouldn't Take For Granted

Date September 5, 2018

Igor Vovkovinskiy was named the tallest man in the United States by the Guinness World Records. He is 7 feet 8.33 inches tall, and he overtook the record from George Bell.

Igor originally comes from Ukraine, and he speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and English fluently. He moved to the US in 1989 at the age of seven to be treated at the Mayo Clinic. At that moment, he was 5 ft 4 in tall and weighed 110 pounds.

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By the way, Igor is diagnosed with pituitary gigantism. This rare condition is caused by a tumor pressing on the pituitary gland. Igor’s tumor was just partially removed, so he continued to grow. Now, he is the tallest man in the US.

It seems that Igor Vovkovinskiy has everything needed, and with his height, he can achieve everything. Nevertheless, he faces numerous difficulties every day. For example, just sitting at a desk at the Minnesota School of Business can be quite a challenge for the paralegal studies student.

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In the press release of the Guinness World Record published by the Digital Journal, Igor Vovkovinskiy said:

It feels good to finally have proof that I am the Tallest Man in America. Everyone is always asking me if I'm certain that I'm the tallest and I was never able to prove it. Now that I have this certificate to hang on my wall, I could finally show it!

Igor teaches others to cherish what you have and never take everything for granted. As reported by Esctoday, he faces many obstacles daily:

His bed needs to be specially built, his mother hand-made all his clothes…The floors of his house needed to be reinforced and ceilings, doors all made much taller than normal, and those costs added up.

Despite all difficulties, Igor stays optimistic and just loves the life.

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