Posts Tagged ‘12 yr. old’

Brenden Adams, a 7 ft. 3 in. tall 12 yr. old boy, has breakthrough treatment to help him stop growing.

August 31, 2008

The extraordinary condition is caused by a fault in Brenden’s DNA and he is the only person in the world known to suffer from it.

His 12th chromosome broke off during embryonic development, flipped around and reattached itself upside down, disrupting a gene that controls growth.

This caused his bones to stretch to extreme proportions.

For the last six months Brenden has stopped growing thanks to Gad Kletter, an endocrinologist at Seattle’s Swedish Hospital, who treated him with high doses of testosterone to help him begin puberty early.

This accelerated the process by which the growth plates at each end of human bones naturally close themselves off.

Dr Parisi said: ‘Before treatment, he was on a trajectory that was still taking him up and up, rather than reaching a plateau.
‘Plotting his growth curve, we think he would have been over eight feet now’.

Via The Daily Mail

CNN piece on Brenden a few months before doctors discovered a treatment to stop his growth.

12 yr. old eats nothing but chocolate

June 14, 2008

As she’s “afraid to try new things. Crazy. Full story here.