Broc Brown is used to towering above his classmates. When he was in kindergarten, he had an astonishing height of five feet and two inches. Now, at the age of nineteen, he is seven feet and eight inches tall, and he is still growing, meaning he will get taller yet. He grows an average of six inches per year.
Broc Brown grows so much because he suffers from a rare disease, Sotos syndrome, or cerebral gigantism. Only around one baby in fourteen thousand are affected by this disease, although, some people say that since many babies who actually suffer from this disease are never diagnosed, the number is much higher, with one out of every five thousand, approximately, newborn babies suffering from this disease.
The truth is that although children with this disease grow at a much faster rate than their peers, at the time they are adults, their growing rate peters out, so that they have an average height at adult age. Thus, not only does Broc Brown have a rare disease, he is one of the few with this disease that have a way above average height as adults.
Broc’s mother told their local mid-western radio station that by the time he was in middle school, he was six feet tall, and by the time he entered high school, he was a whopping seven feet tall.
Besides for an abnormal growth rate, people who suffer from this rare disease often have other symptoms, such as deficit hyperactivity disorder and an explosive temper. Broc Brown himself suffers from both these problems, according to this mother.
Since he is so big, if he gets mad and he is not taking his medications, it can be a little dangerous. He can easily pop a hole in the wall if he gets mad, according to his mother. That does not happen, of course, since he is usually on medication. Inside, his mother claims, he has a really soft and gentle heart.
Broc can not even take any painkillers for the pain in his back because of curvature of the spine and narrowing of the spinal cord, since he only has one kidney from birth.
According to Dr. John Pappas of NYU, there is no known medication to stop this abnormal growing.