Telling tall tales

Published: January 30, 2011
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17-year-old Huq Nawaz is Khairpur’s very own jolly giant.

17-year-old Huq Nawaz is Khairpur’s very own jolly giant.

BAHAWALPUR: 

Tamiwali resident 17-year-old Huq Nawaz’s is well-known throughout the district and that is because he is seven feet nine inches tall.

Locals in Khairpur Tamiwala often gather around Nawaz’s house to take pictures with him and he is popular among children in his street. “I was 15 when my height crossed seven feet and people began to look at me differently,” Nawaz said, adding that over the past year his height had increased rapidly, causing his health to deteriorate. “He has been suffering from muscular and joint pains for years now but recently it has gotten much worse,” said Nawaz’s uncle Safdar Hussain. Nawaz is the sole bread winner for his family ever since his father died.

“I have four sisters and my mother living with me. All our money goes towards paying my medical bills,” Nawaz told reporters. Nawaz belongs to a poor family and after the death of his father, survival has become difficult.

Doctors at the Bahawalpur DHQ hospital have said that he is severely malnourished and has developed a bone disorder. “It doesn’t often seem like it because he is so tall but the boy is severely underweight for his height. This has caused his bones to curve inwards,” said DHQ Hospital Dr Mubarak. “Nawaz has been coming in for regular check ups since last year but he now says that he cannot afford the treatment any longer,” he said. Dr Mubarak added that Nawaz’s condition was bound to get worse if he doesn’t get his medicine.

“Everyone in the area knows Nawaz and he is a kind boy. All the neighbourhood children tend to stop by at his house to play cricket with him,” said his neighbour Shireen, adding, “People also stop him in the street to take pictures with him. He is always extremely nice about it.”

The bones of Nawaz’s hands and feet have begun twisting in over the last year. “He used to enjoy playing with the children in the street but now he is always in too much pain,” said his sister Mahnoor.

“A few years ago he got a citizenship offer in Germany but we refused to leave our home. Now we have no money to even keep him healthy,” said Nawaz’s uncle Safdar Hassan.

Nawaz’s family has asked the chief minister for medical aid. The family has also appealed for assistance in securing employment for the 17-year-old.

“I never really did well in school and I dropped out early because I began to be teased about my height,” Nawaz said, adding “Now I can’t find a job and support my family but I am trying to make the best of it.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Syed Muhammad Mujtaba Hasan Zaidi
    Jan 29, 2011 - 6:40PM

    Wow!!!
    The guy must be helped by our callous govt!!
    He can be an asset to the country!!Recommend

  • Jan 29, 2011 - 10:01PM

    Government is helping themselves first. PM, President and their cronies Minister are living lavishly so why would worry about him.

    One day he will be found languishing in a poor house. What a treatment to our talent.

    Instead of appealing to Govt., one should appeal to any phlinthrapist who may bring him to limelight.

    RegardsRecommend

  • Jan 29, 2011 - 10:02PM

    May Allah make his hight an attribute of contentment and success for him. Ameen!Recommend

  • Qazi Furqan
    Jan 29, 2011 - 10:32PM

    Why do we always expect the government to help when we also call them callous. There are many people who can easily afford to provide this poor chap with decent living. Recommend

  • haider Ali
    Jan 30, 2011 - 12:41AM

    this is a great thing. We need to get more records by pakistanis in the world record bookRecommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 1:18AM

    what he really needs is an NBA contractRecommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 8:28AM

    Bravo nawaz, its not the curse, its the bless of almighty allah. Pakistani media should stand beside this orphan boy. Media support will make him hero of pakistan.Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 9:53AM

    He would not even break the top 10 list, check it out here:

    List of tallest people
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listoftallest_peopleRecommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 11:19AM

    If anyone can get some pictures of this guy and some biographical specifics, i might as well email guiness people about it. they’re always on the lookout for this kinda stuff.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ayub
    Jan 30, 2011 - 1:43PM

    Can we have his contact details, as we can and are willing to help this guy.Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 10:18PM

    @QuranvsHadith: He is still growing. He may surpass some if not allRecommend

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