"We are worried he will just keep on growing": 6ft 10in tall Josh has condition so rare it…

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039;We#039;re worried he will keep on growing#039;: 6ft 10in 18, has condition so rare it doesn#039;t have a name

Josh 18, and his mum Sharon with sensory equipment which has been to him by the Newlife Foundation charity

teenager Josh Gott can’t stop growing.

The is already 6ft 10in tall and over his mum Sharon, who is just 5ft and dad Andrew who is 5ft 4in.

He is believed to be the only person in the to have a disorder which he keeps on growing.

At the age of 11 he was already 5ft reaching more than six tall at 15.

He has size 15 feet, 19 st 6 lbs and dramatic growth spurts can him adding two inches in days.

have finally identified the disorder – so rare it not even have a name behind Josh’s condition.

But there is no known cure.

44, and Josh’s grandma Sylvia, 69, he may keep on growing, even the age of 21, and may become Britain’s tallest man.

Gentle giant is just nine inches off the height of actor Neil who at 7ft 7in is the tallest living Briton.

By the age of 11, of Thornaby. knew there was wrong.

But, due to her son’s medical conditions, she was unable to get him

She said: “I fought and fought to get his recognised.

“Doctors thought I was an overprotective mother.”

Sharon, who next door to Sylvia for said: “We are worried he will keep on growing.”

Doctors diagnosed Josh’s chromosome as a deletion of three genes.

“It is from gigantism, responsible for other tall men, sufferers over produce growth hormone.

Experts at Newcastle Centre for have worked to identify how it

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A worldwide search has failed to a single other sufferer.

clinical geneticist Dr Miranda wrote of Josh’s condition: are a few other patients who are known to a deletion of the three genes but all of have a much larger involving many more

Sharon, a passenger assistant on transport, added: “Josh is not by his condition.

“He was called names at school but could not bully him because of his

“We joke with him about his and big feet, we have to get boots made for him, and trousers.

food bill is around £90 a and we have gone from a C3, to a Renault Picasso, to a Nissan to a Ford Galaxy due to his size.”

who has a sister Nicola, 24, also has scoliosis, or curvature of the spine; the hip growth disorder; autism; deficit hyperactivity and brain the cause of which has never established.

The charity Newlife Foundation has to buy him a specially built bed and other

Sharon said: “They been brilliant, and have such a difference to his life.”

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