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Height a pain for Ukraine's "Gulliver"
Tallest man in the world: Leonid Stadnik is 8 feet 4 inches and still growing

Associated Press

April 19, 2004


Leonid Stadnik, 2.53 meter (8,3 feet) tall, left,
    pulls a cart as he approaches his house
                     AP photo/ Yefrem Lukatsky
    PODOLIANTSI, Ukraine - At age 33 Leonid Stadnik wishes he would stop growing.

    He's already 8 feet, 4 inches. Recent measurements show that Stadnik is already

    7 inches taller than Radhouane Charbib of Tunisia, listed by the Guinness Book of

    World Records as the tallest living man.  He is also gaining on the 8-11 Robert

    Wadlow, the tallest man in history. Yet, for Stadnik, the prospect of becoming

    a record-holder would be little comfort. 

   "My two-year-old suit's sleeves and pants are now 30 centimeters (12 inches)

    shorter than I need", said Stadnik. "My height id God's punishment.

    My life has no sense."

    Stadnik's heigh keeps him confined to this tiny village 130 miles west from the capital,


  "Taking a public bus for me is the same as getting into a car's trunk for a normal

   person", he said.

 Stadnik's unusual growth began after a brain operation at age 14, which is beleived to have stimulated his pituitary gland.

 Since then, life just keeps getting harder.

Although he once was able to work as a veterinarian at a cattle farm, he had to quit three years ago after his feet were frostbitten because he wasn't able to afford proper shoes for his 17-inch feet. This month, he finally got a good pair, paid by some local businessman.
       Leonid Stadnik holds a door as his mother
         Halyna, left, looks on
         AP photo/ Yefrem Lukatsky

Their $200 cost was the equivalent of about seven months' worth of the tiny pension

that Stadnik receives in the economically struggling country.  Stadnik sleeps on  two

beds joined lengthwise and moves in a crouch  through the small one-story house that

he shares with his mother Halyna. His weight of about 440 pounds aggravates a recently

broken leg, and he suffers from constant knee pain. Despite his aches, he tries to keep

himself busy with the usual routine of the country life. He works in the garden, tends t

he family cows and pigs, and helps neighbors with their animals. To relax, he cultivates

exotic plants and pampers his tiny, blue and yellow pet parakeet with his huge hands.

Bronyslav, a neighbor who refused to give his last name, described Stadnik as the "most

unselfish, dilligent man of a pure soul".

His friends, in turn, treat him with the same sort of soft good humour. They are trying to

organize a trip for him to the Carpathian Mountains to show him that there is something in

the world taller than you", Bronyslav said.
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  A woman touches the fist of Leonid Stadnik
   AP/photo Yefrem Lukatsky
  Leonid Stadnik tries to dial a cell phone
  AP/photo Yefrem Lukatsky

August 26, 2009

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