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24-Year-OldTurkish Woman Declared As World’s Tallest Living Woman By Guinness World Records

Rumelysa Gelgi of Turkey, who measures 7 feet, 0.7 inches tall, has been named the world’s tallest woman by Guinness World Records.

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The 24-year-height old’s is attributed to Weaver syndrome, a rare ailment that causes fast growth as well as other symptoms such as bone maturation, according to GWR.

 

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As a result, she spends the majority of her time in a wheelchair, however she can move around using a walker for brief periods of time.

 

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Gelgi was crowned the world’s tallest living female adolescent in 2014, when she was 18 years old.

She is eager to use her platform to educate others about rare medical disorders such as Weaver’s.

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“Every difficulty can be converted into an advantage for yourself,” she added in the statement. “Accept yourself for who you are, be conscious of your potential, and do your best.”

China’s Yao Defen held the previous record at 7 feet, 7 inches until passing away in 2012 at the age of 40.

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According to Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, Gelsi’s new title adds a unique distinction for Turkey because it is also home to 8-foot-3-inch Sultan Kosen, the world’s tallest living man.

The last time China’s Defen and Bao Xi Shun (7 feet, 8.95 inches) held the tallest woman and tallest man records was in 2009.

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