Known as the “Gentle Giant” of Brazil, Joelison Fernandes da Silva made local headlines after he surfaced to the public to speak about the medical condition that caused him to grow to 7’ 8” when the rest of his family were just averaged sized.
Today, 28-year-old Joelison is happily married to 21-year-old Evem Medeiros who only stands 5 feet tall. Still, the huge height difference does not matter to the happy couple who admitted they fell in love at first sight.
Evem was one of Joelison’s adoring fans when he became a local celebrity because of his gigantic frame. When Joelison met her, he immediately fell in love with her and they talked for 24 hours on the phone that very day. They were soon inseparable and had gotten married just a year after meeting each other.
The two are now actively trying to make a baby – which brings the uneasy question to everyone’s mind: how they manage in the bedroom, considering the differences between them. Joelison admitted that almost everyone he meets bluntly ask him the same question and he has learned to give them answers that satisfy their curiosity without being gross.
His answer to this particular question? The size of my feet is just false advertisement…You can make your own conclusions from that vague but telling answer.
Watch their story in this video by Barcroft TV:
Joelison grew to unnatural proportions after developing a medical condition called gigantism when a tumor grew on his pituitary glands. Though the tumor was removed when he was 21 years old, he had already grown to 7’ 8” by then – and could definitely not shrink back to normal size!
Just like in Joelison’s case, the condition is caused by the overproduction of growth hormones which are made in the pituitary glands. Many of those who gigantism can grow between 7 feet to as high as 9 feet! However, the condition is rare.
Gigantism has long been known in history, even in Greek mythology (such as Titan) or n biblical stories (such as Goliath).