World’s second-tallest man battling serious illness due to 7ft 5in height

Hussein Bisad, the second-tallest man in the world, made headlines in 2002 when he tried to make a claim for the number one spot.

Bisad claimed he was larger than Radhouane Charbib from Tunisia, who was recognised as the word's tallest human at the time at a whopping 7ft 8.9ins.

But sadly Guinness World Records found that Bisad didn't make the mark at 7ft 7.5ins.

Nineteen years on, long after Hussein was in the spotlight, My London has tracked the world's tallest man to a care home in Wembley.

Since his time with Guinness World Records, Bisad, 46, got married in Somalia and is now battling a serious illness.

Hussein told My London that he was a "normal" height until Year 2 at school.

This was when his growth spurt became so severe that his headteacher didn't believe it was the same child.

Hussein said: "When I was in school in Year 1, I was normal. I was the same height as everyone my age but in Year 2 I started growing.

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"My headteacher said: 'Are you sure you're Hussein?' He said: 'Go home and bring your father.' I went back home and my dad took me back to the school.

"When I was in Year Two I was the same height as the teacher and he also said: 'Are you Hussein?'

"I was around six to seven years old. I had a bigger chair, bigger desk, everything changed."

Hussein was only 13 years old when he outgrew his mum and dad. His siblings are all normal height.

Being the second-tallest man in the world comes with its difficulties.

Hussein's shoes have to be specially imported due to having size 22 feet and some of his clothes have to be specially made, which ends up being extremely expensive.

A standard size bed is too small as well – Hussein currently sleeps on a nine-foot mattress.

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Bisad had to unfortunately put his life on pause after he faced life-threatening health issues which left him needing dialysis multiple times a day.

He finally managed to walk again, with the help of crutches, after receiving a kidney transplant in February 2020.

It is believed that Hussein has a condition called pituitary giantism which causes him to produce more growth hormones than usual.

Hussein said: "I don’t like being this tall. It's too many problems, you’re a different person.

"Everyone else is normal and I’m different. Everyone can see me, people ask me sometimes why I’m so tall, I ask why I'm so tall. I know it’s Allah.

"My friends would say Hussein is a giant and make jokes about my height."

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