Bangladeshi youth walks tall: But beset by barriers

Bangladeshi youth walks tall: But beset by barriers

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Dhaka, Nov 6: Bangladeshi youth, Jinnat Ali, has walked tall.

At present, Sultan Koshen of Turkey is listed as the tallest man in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Koshen’s height clocks in at eight feet three inches, while 22-year-old Jinnat’s frame is eight feet six inches.

It is a matter of time before the Bangladeshi youth’s name will be listed in the Guinness book.

Local sources said authorities were trying to contact the family in this regard.

Jinnat is the offspring of Amir Hamza of Garjania Baro Beel village in Ramu upazila of Cox’s Bazar district. Hamza, a farmer, has one daughter and three sons. Jinnat is the third child among them.

His family could not enrol him in school because of poverty as well as his unusual height.

Jinnat, who grew up like other children in the locality, has become a local sensation.

Family members said that until 12 years, they did not see any abnormality in Jinnat.

He suddenly started growing and it continued till the past 10 years.

Such a physical growth is not a matter of pride for the family, rather it has caused problems.

His brother Ilias Ali observed that he needs a huge intake of food daily, but'' we cannot manage it because of our poor financial condition.

''The government has taken over the charge of my brother, providing his medical treatment,'' he said,

Professor Mohammad Abdullah, head of Medicine Department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the capital, said perhaps there was a tumour in Jinnat’s head.

His height has increased due to hormone problem, though it may require more tests to determine his condition, he said.

At the moment, Jinnat has been kept at BSMMU where a special arrangement has been made for him as he could not be kept at a general ward.

A local lawmaker of Cox’s Bazar took Jinnat to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka when it was decided to provide the cost of his medical care from the government side.

Jinnat's health has deteriorated day-by-day.

His brother said, Jinnat’s left leg is longer than the right one. His left leg has swollen and he has to suffer severe pain sometimes.

BSMMU sources said, the amount of food, which is generally consumed by 18 persons, comprises Jinnat's daily diet. (UNI)