An undiscovered tumor has turned a woman into a giant nearly six feet tall, towering over her family and husband.
Aspiring model Elisane Silva, 26, of Salinopolis, Brazil, has been dubbed “Brazil’s Tallest Woman” because of her six-foot height. She is the tallest member of her family, towering over her husband, Francinaldo Da Silva Carvalho, 31, who is just six feet.
“Since I was 10 years old, I always noticed that something wasn’t right because I was the only one in my family and class who stood a whopping five feet nine inches,” Elisane said.
Incredible height: Elisane Silva, 26, from Salinopolis, Brazil, is six feet tall
Running after mother? Elisane’s husband, Francinaldo Da Silva Carvalho, 31, is just six feet tall, while their three-year-old son Angelo is already six feet tall
Love: Elisane and Francinaldo’s six-foot height difference has never been a problem in their relationship
Her parents, Ana Maria Ramos and Luiz Jorge, had no idea that their daughter would grow to almost six feet.
“My mother is only six feet and my father is only six feet, so it was a shock to our whole family when I was the tallest member at such a young age,” she explained.
When she was 10 years old, Elisane began to feel severe pain in her bones and pressure in her head, which she believed was due to the excessive speed at which she was growing.
She was already six feet tall and her mother was beginning to worry. She visited a medical professional who wanted to run multiple tests to diagnose her condition, but the family could not afford the costs.
“A national television channel approached my family after hearing my story, and in 2010 we flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I appeared on national television and had all my tests done for free on behalf of the channel,” she recalls.
Difference: The aspiring model towers over her mother, Ana Maria Ramos, who is only six feet
Daddy’s Girl: Elisane’s Dad, Luiz Jorge, is just over six feet tall, but he still has to stand on a chair to face her
Shocking: Her parents had no idea she would grow to be almost six feet tall
Looking back: By the time Elisane was 10 years old, she was already a dizzying six feet
“While this was embarrassing, I was just happy to finally have an answer and stop the pain I was going through due to my height.”
Doctors discovered she had a benign tumor on her pituitary gland that had caused an overproduction of her growth hormone, leading to her excessive growth rate and dizzying height known as “gigantism.”
Despite Elisane coming to terms with her diagnosis, her classmates at school started bullying her every day, calling her hurtful names such as “tower” and “giant” causing so much pain that she decided to drop out of school.
“I remember locking myself at home because I felt so sick of the hurtful comments and words people were constantly saying to me,” Elisane said. “I decided to give up and it was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make because I wanted to continue my studies, but I knew I wouldn’t last in that environment.
“At the time I was 17 years old, so my parents didn’t have much to say about it and I was really lost about the next step in life.”
Setback: Elisane visited a medical professional who wanted multiple tests to diagnose her condition when she was 10, but the family couldn’t afford the costs
Opportunity: A national television network paid for her medical tests in exchange for sharing her story on the air
Diagnosis: Doctors found she had a benign tumor growing on her pituitary gland that had caused an overproduction of her growth hormone, a condition known as ‘gigantism’
Painful memories: Elisane was bullied so much at school because of her height that she stopped at 17
In 2011, Elisane met her husband and despite the height difference of almost two meters, the two felt a connection and immediately fell in love. Francinaldo made no comments about her height and accepted her for who she is, which was important to Elisane.
“I immediately fell for him because he was the first person to treat me like a human being and not like some freak of nature,” she said.
“Although there is an obvious height difference, we don’t see it as a problem because we love each other the way we are and don’t want anything to change.”
The duo quickly became engaged and married in September 2015. They had one child, Angelo, who is now three.
“We used to get comments from people on the street when we walked together, I’m not the center of attention anymore now that we have our beautiful son,” Elisane said.
“Angelo is already five feet three centimeters at the age of three, but I don’t think he will grow as tall as me because I don’t think my condition is hereditary,” she added.
Lucky: Elisane met her husband in 2011 and they married four years later in September 2015
Grateful: Elisane Said Her Husband Was The First Person To Treat Her ‘Like A Human Being And Not Some Freak Of Nature’
Goal: Elisane has embraced her height and is working towards becoming a professional model, a dream of hers since she was 15
Fearless: Elisane said she hasn’t been signed by an agency yet, but posing for photos for her portfolio has helped her self-confidence
“I think he will grow to an average height, but even if he doesn’t, he has to embrace the unique asset he has been given.
Elisane has also embraced her height and she is working towards becoming a professional model, a dream of hers since she was 15 years old.
“Although I haven’t been successful yet, I usually go out and take professional photos of myself and add them to my portfolio to pass on to agencies,” she explains.
“Even though no agencies have picked them up yet, these photo shoots have helped my confidence immensely and made me love myself for who I am.”
Elisane said she gets comments from people online who have called her the “tallest woman in Brazil,” but she noted that it may be true, but it’s not an official title.
“I’ve learned to love myself because of my unique height because there’s no one like me and I think that’s kind of special,” she said. “I have found a good man to love, a wonderful son, a wonderful family, and I am grateful that God has taught me to overcome these obstacles in life.
“Don’t let people’s bad comments affect your life, because it’s not for them to judge you by how you look or who you love — stay true to yourself and you’ll live happily.”