Sadly, a woman who couldn't stop growing died Monday in Las Vegas. Tanya Angus, 34, was 7 feet 2 inches when she passed away after a cold. Sources said the reason the woman could not stop growing was due to a rare condition called gigantism.
Citing a report from Fox on Jan. 16, the formal name of the condition the woman who couldn’t stop growing suffered with is acromegaly.
As a teenager, the Vegas resident stood 5 feet 8 inches and fit right in on runways for fashion shows. However, over time, she began to grow and her facial appearance began to change.
Doctors soon diagnosed the woman and explained that it was from a non-cancerous tumor growing in her brain at the pituitary gland. Without treatment, the woman could not stop growing.
The condition was progressing so rapidly that the woman was nearly doubling in her weight in such a short period of time. Soon, doing things for herself like putting on even an over-sized shirt became a task not performed without assistance.
There's nothing made for giants," her mother said, referring to shopping for clothes.
Karen Strutynski recalled her Tanya saying, "Mom, I don't know why I got it. But I guess God decided that I could handle it."
Together, Angus and her family met the condition head-on. They became advocates for a cure for gigantism and appeared on several talk shows and day-time programs to promote awareness for other suffers of acromegaly.
The woman who couldn't stop growing had a number of surgeries and doctors were able to restore the hormone levels down to when she was much younger. That gave her confidence, but those who didn't know her in public ridiculed her or gave her sharp looks.
Sadly, Angus died after contracting a cold and possibly a tear in her heart. An autopsy will hopefully provide the family more details on her cause of death.