Tanzanian doctors say man too tall for Surgery

Doctors in Tanzania have told a man that they can’t treat him, because he is too tall.

Baraka Elias, who is 7 feet 4 inches, needs hip replacement surgery after hurting himself in a fall.

But doctors have told him that his height means he would not be able to fit properly in a hospital bed and that some of their x-ray equipment is not suitable for someone of his size.

Mr Elias, who is from the country’s southern Ruvuma Region, went to see doctors at the specialist Muhimbili orthopaedic institute in the commercial capital, Dar Es Salaam.

He said doctors are now trying to see if he can be treated abroad.

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