Adam Rainer was born in Graz, Austria In 1899 to averaged-sized parents. As Adam grew and matured in age it became obvious that he was shorter than the average height of 4ft 10 In. In 1920, at age 19 years old, he was measured 3ft 10.5 inches tall, since he was below 4ft 10 inches which is the average height of an adult, he was officially classified as a dwarf.
Adam was visibly short but the medical reports gathered from his youth state that he has large hands and feet which were abnormal for a person of his little height.
At age 21, Rainer life changed completely. He started growing at an alarming rate. He grew from under 4ft 10 at 21 years to 7ft 1 inches at 33 years.
He was examined between 1930 and 1931 and it was discovered that he was suffering from "acromegaly", a disorder that results from excess growth hormone (GH) after the growth plates have closed.The initial symptom is typically enlargement of the hands and feet.There may also be enlargement of the forehead, jaw, and nose. This symptoms explain the reason behind his unusual appearance, he didn't just posses abnormally large hands and feet but also has a protruding forehead and jaw
He died in1950, aged 51 and measuring a remarkable height of 7 ft 8 though some paper claimed he died measuring 7ft 10. He is the only man in history to be classified as both a dwarf and a giant
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