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The Heartbreak Of Jack Ives — The Tallest Five-Year-Old In (Possibly) The World!

Mon, April 18, 2011 4:54pm EDT by 5 Comments

Would YOU worry if your child was already 4’2″ and growing taller by the day?

Jack Ives may have be only five years old, but he’s already England’s tallest youngster — and he suffers due to an exceedingly rare disease!

Already towering over his classmates, Jack is 4’2″ and could grow to be as tall as 7’5″! He suffers from Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, an exceedingly rare disease which makes him grow abnormally large extraordinarily quickly. Besides appearing big, Jack also has faced several health issues, including breathing and eating complications due to his oversized tongue, the Daily Mail reports.

“We realized something was wrong because of Jack’s weight when he was born and we were stunned when doctors told us he had a rare condition for which there is no cure,” his mother Hayley says. “We had never heard of the syndrome, no one in our families suffers from it and none of our other children have the condition. Jack spent the first 12 months of his life in hospital, mainly in intensive care.”

Jack has had to have 15 operations to try and regulate his body due to the growth, and his family is raising money to have him be examined by the same doctor who helped to first identify the disease.

We hope Jack’s able to find easier ways to cope by meeting with more doctors!

— William Earl


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