Towering over her friends and relatives, one 18 years old teenager, C Thsarubla Sangtam of Nagaland, has entered the elite group of tallest persons in the region with an astounding height of 6 feet 10 inches and she is still be growing.
According to a report, Thsarubla was born on October 15, 1999, to J Chokhase Sangtam and Rebecca Sangtam. The family moved to Mokokchung town when she was only a month old from Longkhim sub-division in Tuensang district.
Other members of the family including her parents and one sister were all of average size. Her father is a daily wage earner and mother a homemaker, while her sister is currently pursuing her studies at Queen Mary Higher Secondary School at twelfth standard.
Thsarubla’s incredible growth spurt did not start until he was 10 years old. Her parents disclosed that Thsarubla became very sick when was studying at IV standard and for which they took her to every hospital in the state for three years.
The parent did not notice the changes taking place in their daughter, who began to outgrow than her school mates as they were more concern about her poor health.
However, Thsarubla’s massive height came with a price. She was suffering from a rare disease called Acromegaly – a serious condition that occurs when the body produces excessive growth hormones. Growth hormone is released from the pituitary gland in the brain. When the gland is damaged by a tumour, for example, it releases too much or too little hormone.
The effects of over-production include large hands, a thickening of the bones and painful joints. Other effects of this condition include enlargement of jaw and other facial bones; overgrowth of bone and cartilage in the joints, causing arthritis, back pain, and curvature of the spine (kyphosis); swelling of the face, lips, and tongue; breathing problems during sleep (sleep apnea); thickening of the skin; carpal tunnel and other nerve entrapment syndromes; and enlargement of body organs such as the heart, thyroid gland (goitre), liver, and kidneys.
After a harsh time of sickness and rigorous treatment for many years, Thsarubla resumed her studies. She came to notice about her height when she was in VIII standard.
“I wonder why I looked different from other kids of my age,” bewildered Thsarubla said. Sadly, Thsarubla’s days in school came to an end when she was studying in the X standard.
She disclosed, “I have to stay bedridden for a week if I attended the day-long classes. My body could not bear the pain in my joints because of sitting for long hours.”
“I want to become a veterinary doctor, I love animals, but I have to quit my studies,” she shared her regrets. These days, Thsarubla mostly remained confined in her house expending time with her kittens and helps her mother in household chores.
She is often visited by kids around her localities with candies and edible foods items during holidays, the report said.