Saturday, May 1, 2021

The Only Person in History Ever to Be a Dwarf and a Giant

 Born in 1899 in Austria, Adam Rainer holds the unusual distinction in medical history as the only person that was both a dwarf and a giant.


From birth into adulthood, Rainer was always short. But a strange medical phenomenon happened when he was 21, Rainer began a growth spurt that made him over 7 feet tall in just 10 years later. Here’s the story of how it happened.

At age 18, Rainer was 4 feet 6.3 inches tall, which classified him as a dwarf. Dwarfism is typically defined as an adult height that is less than 4 feet 10 inches.

When he was 18, Adam Rainer tried to join the army, but was rejected for being too short. He tried again next year since he had grown a bit taller, but the army rejected him again.

When Rainer was 21 years old, however, he began a dramatic growth spurt. And by age 32, he was over 7 feet tall.

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