The world’s tallest woman no longer runs the risk of paralysis and blindness after doctors removed a tumor from her brain that produced excess growth hormones.
Siddiqa Parveen, 28, is approximately 7 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 286 pounds as a result of the tumor on her pituitary gland. Her exact height has never been measured due to the numerous fractures on her spine that have left her unable to stand up straight for years.
Parveen traveled from her small village in West Bengal more than 1,000 miles to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. Neurosurgeons there performed the difficult surgery.
“Her head size was enlarged, which made access of the tumor with our instruments, like endoscopes, extremely difficult,” Dr. PK Bithal, head of neuroanesthesiology said. “Anaesthetising her would be a problem with her head size, since we did not have endotracheal tubes of her head size, and she had difficulty lying down with the multiple fractures in her spine.”
Even finding an operating table big enough for Parveen proved to be a difficult task. Doctors found the biggest one and attached additional trolleys to it.
The tumor was removed successfully, said neurosurgeon Dr. Ashish Suri.
“The tumor had to be taken out through the nose by inserting an endoscope through the nostrils,” he said. She suffered significant blood-loss during the operation as the tumor was a vascular one. But she coped well.”
Although she’s on the clear, doctors say Parveen still faces a long recovery ahead of her.
“She still stoops while walking due to the spinal fracture for which she will require additional treatment,” endocrinologist Dr. Nikhil Tandon told India Today.