LAS VEGAS (January 15, 2013)--A Las Vegas woman who suffered from gigantism, a rare disorder that made it impossible for her to stop growing, has died at 34.
Karen Strutynski says her daughter Tanya Angus was 7-foot-2 and weighed about 400 pounds when she died Monday, evidently from a tear in her heart.
As a teenager, Angus was 5-foot-8 and had modeled on runways before she was diagnosed with acromegaly, or gigantism, at the age of 22.
She grew so much over the next decade that her rings had to be modified, she had to use custom utensils, and she got around in a motorized wheelchair.
Strutynski says her daughter was sometimes depressed about the condition, but also saw it as a gift from God and an opportunity to help others with the disorder.