Tanzanian Man Is Heartbroken After Doctors Told Him That He Is ‘Too Tall’ For Surgery


barakaA Tanzanian man, Baraka Elias, has told the BBC that a hospital has found it difficult to treat him because of his height.

Elias, who is 7ft 4in (2.20m), said he needed hip replacement surgery after hurting himself in a fall, but doctors at a hospital in Dar es Salaam were unable to treat him because he is too tall.

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The doctors said that his height meant he would not fit properly in a hospital bed, Mr Elias lamented. They also told him their X-ray equipment was inappropriate for someone of his height, he added depressingly.

Local media quote doctors at the specialist Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, confirming Mr Elias’ story. Elias told BBC Swahili that doctors were now trying to see if he could be treated abroad.


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