Brenden Adams: Oprah?

Brenden told his story on Oprah last year, and Oprah introduced him to Shaquille O'Neal, who told him: "Just keep your back straight and have fun."
Brendan, is the tallest boy in the world, the poor kid has a body full of tumors, bad arthritis, and a heart arrhythmia, so it's been a struggle to get there.
His life doesn't seem easy at all, I think Brenden has some sort of condition. Is there more information about his disease? Does it have a name?

asked by Cassie in Television | 3722 views | 11-05-2009 at 02:27 AM

Brenden is one-of-a-kind, and it's not just his height. Everything about him is different. His mom, Debbie Ezell, said he requires a team of doctors and multiple medical visits simply to stay on top of his ever-changing and expanding frame. He has enormous joints, fatty tumors, even extra teeth, 12 of which were recently removed.

Amazingly, his dad, Willie Adams, said there was no hint of any of this when Brenden was born at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and 19 1/2 inches in length. His mom says they first started to notice something was different at his 2 month check-up. "They said, these measurements just aren't right. He's too long," Ezell said. "And at four months, he had all of his teeth."

Then mom and dad got the news that any parent would dread. Doctors and medical experts told them they had no idea what was causing the problem with their child. "I still haven't seen anyone like Brenden," says Dr. Melissa Parisi, his geneticist at Children's Hospital in Seattle. Parisi has been treating Brenden since he was four years old, when, she said, "he was the size of a typical 8-year-old boy."

answered by Ellen | 11-05-2009 at 02:29 AM

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