Yes, you did read the title to this particular article correctly – we will be taking a look at Adam Rainer the dwarf giant!
Most people grow to an average standard height, but sometimes there are exceptions to the rule. Take for instance one of my heroes when I was a ten-year-old – wrestler Andre the Giant (who has sadly passed away now).
Actually, the list can go on and on – the guy who played Jaws in the James Bond films, Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca in Star Wars, etc, etc…
But, what makes Adam Rainer so unique is the fact that the medical world labelled him as both a dwarf and a giant over the course of his life.
Let’s take a closer look…
Adam Rainer was born in Austria in 1899 to parents of average height and build. He also had a step brother who also measured in at an average height.
In 1917 Adam had to take conscription tests for the Austrian army, which resulted in doctors claiming that he was too small and weak to be a soldier (at the time he stood at just four feet six inches).
In 1920 Rainer hit twenty, but his medical records show that he was still extremely small for a male. However, he kept on growing from this point…when most people stop growing!
In the span of several years, Rainer went from four feet ten inches to a massive seven feet one inch.
Doctors really had no idea what was going on, and put the sudden growth down to the effects of a tumour on Rainer’s pituitary gland…but they were not 100% sure about this theory.
Around the 1926 period, Adam started to suffer from some pretty severe health complaints, the worst being a pronounced spinal curvature.
As a kid he had a huge appetite, but during this period he struggled to keep any sort of food down. He also began to lose vision in his right eye, and the hearing in his left ear.
Between August 1930 and May 1931, doctors A. Mandl and F. Windholz examined Rainer.
These two celebrated doctors actually managed to locate a tumour on his pituitary gland and Professor O. Hirsch carried out the operation to remove it on the 2nd of December, 1930.
Unfortunately the operation only managed to slow down Rainer’s growth – it didn’t manage to stop it.
The Final Years
Adam Rainer spent the final years of his life stuck in bed, unable to get up and walk about. He finally died in 1950, but there are numerous arguments surrounding his height at the time of his death.
Some records insist that he was just over seven feet ten inches when he finally passed away!
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