Already 5’2”tall by the time he started kindergarten, 19-year old Broc Brown of Michigan just can’t stop growing. In fact, his mom, Darci told Barcroft Media that her son can easily grow 6” a year due to a condition known as Sotos Syndrome (aka cerebral gigantism), which is believed to affect about one in every 15,000 people around the globe..
Sotos syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by excessive physical growth (macrocephaly), during the first years of life. Excessive growth often starts in infanthood and continues into the early teen years. In fact, babies born with the disorder are noted for their large skulls (macrocephaly), with slightly protruding foreheads, and abnormally increased distance between their eyes (which tend to slant downwards), and large hands and feet.
They may also suffer from autism, delayed motor and cognitive skills, as well as speech impediments that include problems producing certain sounds, stuttering, and a monotone voice, while their bodies have low muscle tone. As they get older, they may also experience clumsiness and awkward gait. Babies are also slow to develop skills such as sitting up and crawling.
Additional symptoms of Sotos syndrome include an abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine (scoliosis), seizures, heart or kidney defects, hearing loss, and problems with vision, as well as (occasionally) jaundice skintone. Broc’ s mom also reported that he suffers from chronic pain in his back.
Currently 7’8” tall, keeping him clothed and comfortable has also proved extremely challenging for his family, which states that everything from clothes (including his size 28 shoes) to furniture, such as an 8-foot long bed and over-sized chairs, must be custom made for him. Unfortunately, there is no telling how soon it may need to be replaced since the teen is still growing, and may never stop doing so according to medical researchers.
In the meantime, they speculate that he could surpass, Sultan Kosen’s record-breaking height of 8’2” tall within the next 2-years.
Kosen, 33, a farmer from Mardin, Turkey, is currently recognized “world’s tallest man. Unlike Broc, however, Kosen’s imposing stature is the result of a condition called acromegaly, which according to the Mayo Clinic is “a hormonal disorder that develops when your pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone during adulthood.
“When this happens, your bones increase in size, including those of your hands, feet and face.”
Luckily for him, scientists have been able to come up with a way to bring his growth under control. Prior to that, the titanic Turk was reported to have grown at a rate of ½”-1” annually.
Meanwhile, doctors now state that they believe Broc “will be able to live a long and healthy life,” despite being diagnosed with a shortened lifespan when he was younger, and the teen has set his sights on a possible career in the sporting goods industry.