A Tanzanian man, identified as Baraka Elias, has revealed to BBC that a hospital has been unable to treat him as a result of his height. Elias, who is 7ft 4in (2.20m), claimed he needed hip replacement surgery after hurting himself in a fall, but was told by doctors at the hospital in Dar Salaam that his height meant he would not fit properly in a hospital bed. He added that they also told him that their X-ray equipment was unsuitable for someone of his height.
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.