Woman Who Couldn't Stop Growing Dies Because of a Cold

Tanya Angus had a rare medical condition known as “acromegaly”

By on January 17th, 2013 07:04 GMT

This past Monday, a 34-year-old woman named Tanya Angus passed away as a result of catching a cold which supposedly led to her developing a tear in her heart.

This piece of news might have gone unnoticed by the media community if it were not for the fact that this woman was also suffering with a rare medical condition referred to by physicians as “acromegaly.”

For those unaware, acromegaly is a syndrome that manifests itself when a person's pituitary gland produces a tad too much growth hormone.

This translates into the individuals reaching an impressive body size as far as both their height and their weight are concerned.

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reports that, according to information made available to the public by Tanya's mother, Karen Strutynski, Tanya grew so much that she ended up measuring 7 feet and 2 inches (over 2 meters) in height. Furthermore, she weighed a total of 400 pounds (about 182 kilograms).

Tanya's mother explains that looking after her daughter was very much a full-time job, seeing how her size kept her from being able to carry out simple tasks such as putting on a shirt.

As well as this, Tanya had a rather difficult time when it came to finding clothes that fit her, seeing how the run-off-the-mill clothing industry does not manufacture and market shirts and pants which a person suffering with gigantism might wear.

Thus, most of her clothes, together with her shoes, had to be custom made.

The same source informs us that this 34-year-old woman's pituitary gland was made to secrete too much growth hormone by a non-cancerous tumor that toyed with her organism's natural balance.

Difficulties aside, Karen Strutynski says that her daughter had accepted her fate and that she often said that, “Mom, I don’t know why I got it. But I guess God decided that I could handle it.”

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