Sultan Kosen, the tallest man in the world who stands at a massive 8-foot-3, marries the love of his life on Saturday in his native Turkey. Kosen, 30, tied the knot with Marve Dibo, 20, despite a height difference of only 2 feet, 7 inches.
The groom said it was the “happiest day ever” after previously giving up hope of finding love.
“I’m thrilled to have found the person for me,” he told NY Daily News. “It was unfortunate that I could not find a suitable girl of my own size. But now I will have my own family and private life,” he added.
The groom’s black suit was custom made, requiring almost 20 feet of fabric. Born into a farming family in southeastern Turkey, Kosen won global fame in September 2009 when Guinness World Records declared him the tallest man in the world. He was then 8-feet, 10 inches tall.
His growth has resulted from a tumour affecting his pituitary gland.
US doctors treated Kosen’s tumour in August 2010 in the state of Virgina with a precisely targeted shot of extremely high frequency gamma rays, using a non-invasive radiosurgical device known as a Gamma Knife.
Last year, doctors said Kosen has overcome acromegaly, a rare hormonal disorder that caused him to keep growing well into adulthood.
Kosen is forced to use crutches in order to walk.
The part-time farmer, who had to order a custom-made suit and size 28 shoes for his special day, is only one of 10 people to ever top 8 feet.
The tallest man ever was Illinois resident Robert Wadlow, who died in 1940 but topped 8-foot-11.