World’s tallest man visits Thailand

The world’s tallest man is in Thailand and, apart from appearing at Pattaya’s Believe it or Not, is helping to raise money for abnormally tall Thais.

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Sultan Kosen, the world’s tallest man, visits the offices yesterday. He is helping to raise funds for 17-year-old Pornpiroon Saichanchom, second left, and Malee Duangdee, 21, third left, who are suffering from Marfan syndrome. KOSOL NAKACHOL

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Sultan walks tall to help teenager


The world’s tallest man is helping to raise funds for a Thai teenager.

Turkish farmer Sultan Kosen, 29, who stands at 2.51 metres, is recognised as the world’s tallest man by Guinness World Records.

Mr Kosen will visit Ripley’s Believe It or NOT! in Pattaya this weekend.

He has been invited to celebrate the 17th anniversary of Ripley's and will also raise funds for Pornpiroon Saichanchom, 17, of Phitsanulok, who is suffering from Marfan syndrome. She is 1.96m tall.

Ms Pronpiroon, also known as Mamiew, said the disorder makes it difficult for her to walk. She noticed she was unusually tall when she was about 12 and she is still growing.

She is taking medication to stop her growth, but her family cannot afford the medical expenses.

Mr Kosen’s growth resulted from a tumour affecting his pituitary gland. In March, treatment to control his excessive levels of growth hormone was hailed as halting his growth.

Malee Duangdee, 21, also a Marfan sufferer, also joined the visit.

funds – money needed or available to spend on something เงินทุน
syndrome – a medical condition that has a particular set of effects on your body or mind อาการของโรคต่างๆ ที่เกิดขึ้นพร้อมๆ กัน
recognise – to accept that something is true or important ยอมรับ
anniversary – a date when you celebrate something that happened in a previous year that is important to you วันครบรอบ
disorder – an illness or medical condition ความผิดปกติทางกายหรือใจ
medication – a medicine, or a set of medicines or drugs used to improve a particular condition or illness ยารักษาโรค
afford – to have enough money to be able to pay for something  มีเงินพอจับจ่าย  
tumour – a mass of cells in your body that grow in a way that is not normal  เนื้องอก
pituitary gland – a small organ at the base of the brain that produces hormones that influence growth and sexual development ต่อมใต้สมอง
treatment – the process of providing medical care การรักษา
excessive – much greater than is usual; too much of something   มากเกินปริมาณที่พอดี
level – the amount of something that exists in a particular situation at a particular time  ระดับ
hormone – a chemical substance produced in animals and plants that controls things such as growth and sexual development ฮอร์โมน, สารเคมีในร่างกายที่กระตุ้นการทำงานของอวัยวะต่างๆ
hailed – praised ยกย่อง
sufferer – a person who suffers, i.e., who is badly affected by something, especially somebody who is suffering from a disease ผู้ป่วย, ผู้เจ็บป่วย, ผู้ที่ได้รับความทุกข์

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