Tanzania: This Tanzania Man Is Just ‘Too Tall’ For Surgery

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A Tanzania man has been told by doctors that he can’t be treated because he is too tall.

Baraka Elias, who is 7ft 4in (2.20m), needs hip replacement surgery after hurting himself in a fall.

But doctors have told him that his height means he wouldn’t be able to fit properly in a hospital bed.

They also told him their X-ray equipment was unsuitable for someone of his height.

Local media quote doctors at the specialist Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, confirming Mr Elias’ story.

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Mr Elias, who is from the country’s southern Ruvuma region, went to see doctors at the specialist Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

Mr Elias, said to be the tallest man in Tanzania, told BBC Swahili that doctors were now trying to see if he could be treated abroad.

Mr Elias said many people were amazed by his height, but he regarded it as « normal ».

His parents told him it was hereditary, he added.

Patients recovering from hip replacement surgery need to lie flat on their back and keep their hip in the correct position, according to the UK’s National Health Service website.

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