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2008-08-13 15:05:00

Sandy Allen, 53, the world's tallest woman, died early Wednesday at a nursing home in Indiana. At 7-foot-7 Ӛ¼ inches, Allen has been listed in Guinness World Records as the tallest living woman since 1974, the Indianapolis Star reports. Her abnormal growth began soon after birth due to a tumor on her pituitary gland that was removed in 1977. "I would like to get to know someone that is approximately my height," Allen wrote in her first letter...

2006-06-15 07:45:00

SHANGHAI -- Yao Defen, believed to be the world's tallest woman, has begun treatment in a Shanghai hospital to rid her of a brain tumor at the root of her gigantism. Yao, from a poor farming family in eastern China's Anhui province, measures 2.36 meters (7.75 ft), Chinese doctors say. That is 5 cm (2 inches) more than Sandy Allen of the United States, who is currently listed by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest woman. Yao suffers from a large tumor in the pituitary gland of her...

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