Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Leonid Stadnyk 256 cm tall men

Tall men --Ukraine Ukraine

Leonid Stadnyk 256 cm Once held the Guinness title of tallest living person but refuses to be measured by the Guinness Book under new guidelines. The 4th tall men in the world.Leonid Ivanovych Stadnyk (Ukrainian: Леонід Іванович Стадник), (born 1970 or 1971 in Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR) is a living man renowned for his stature. He was formerly listed as the world's tallest living man according to Guinness World Records. On August 20, 2008, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, announced that the title of world's tallest man had been returned to China's Bao Xishun after Stadnyk refused to be measured under new guidelines, which required him to be independently measured by Guinness World Records adjudicators.

On August 8, 2007, Guinness book's spokeswoman Amarilis Espinoza stated that in the 2008 edition of the record book, Mr Stadnyk appeared to be taller than Bao Xishun, a native of Inner Mongolia in China who stands 2.36 m (7.7 ft). Although he held the title for a few months, Stadnyk refused to be measured and was consequently denied the GWR recognition. Stadnyk refused to be measured because he felt that his gift was from God and is not something that needs to be recorded in a book.  Others have questioned the legitimacy of his record, noting that Stadnyk has never been officially measured by Guinness World Records, only by the "Ukrainian Book of Records" that says that he measures 2.54 m (8 ft 4.0 in), and that the doctor originally credited by Guinness with confirming Stadnyk's height has denied ever measuring him.

Stadnyk's excessive growth began after brain surgery when he was 12 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. Twenty years after the surgery, the doctors have discovered the tumour had mysteriously disappeared and he is currently healthy. A Pravda news report in Spring 2006 reported that 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. His recorded weight is 200 kg (440 lb).
He is a certified veterinarian and veterinary surgeon and lives with his mother in the village of Podolyantsi, Ukraine.

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