The world's tallest woman has been saved from being paralysed and going blind after doctors removed a huge tumour from her brain. 28-year-old Siddiqa Parveen, who is estimated to be 7ft 8in tall, had a spine on the 'verge of breaking' and was feared to be losing her sight. She suffered from gigantism brought on by a tumour on the pituitary gland, producing excess growth hormone. She already had fractures in her spine and has been unable to stand up straight for years - and doctors in India believed if left untreated her increasing weight would cause her back to snap , forcing them to transport her from her remote village in West Bengal to Delhi.
Though she suffered significant blood-loss during the operation as the tumour was a vascular one, Neurosurgeon Dr Ashish Suri, of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where Siddiqa was operated on, said the operation which took place on January 16 was a success. Siddiqa, who weighs 285lbs and has enlarged hands and feet, has now been released from the intensive care unit but remains in hospital. However, her problems are not just physical and doctors say she will need to be treated for a 'psychosocial crisis' - having been isolated for much of her life.
Siddiqa was mentioned in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records as the new record holder after the previous record holder, 7-foot, 7-inch Yao Defen from China died in November, 2012.