A 68-year-old man grew three inches in height after undertaking a 'painful' surgical process. Here he is speaking of his astounding journey:
Roy Conn was able to go from 5ft 6" to 5ft 9" thanks to a complex bone-lengthening process that has been around since the 1950s.
Unfortunately for any shorties out there, like myself, having both of your femurs broken is not just physically painful, it's also financially a massive slap in the face and can cost upwards of £130,000.
Roy said: “No, it wasn’t a major issue. It was just something I was always aware of since being young and, just like you said, I got the time in my life when I could afford it.
“And that’s it. I didn’t have a real complex about it, I just always felt like I was short.”
He added: “My wife was more worried about it than I and she liked me the way I was, of course, why wouldn’t she.
“So, it was for me, it wasn’t for anyone else.”
Giving an insight into what the recovery was like, Roy said: “It was very tough at first, and, yeah, it was definitely quite painful.
“But you just get through [it].”
Leg lengthening expert Dr Kevin Debiparshad, who was Roy's surgeon, explained: “It will probably take an hour and a half to complete the procedure.
“The patient then has to go through the lengthening process, which takes about a millimetre a day.
“It takes you about 25 days to get an inch and nearly two and half months, or so, to capture three inches of length, during the process.”
Since the pandemic, the surgery is more popular than ever before, the doctor claims.
“You know, I think it’s a combination of events, and in the pandemic, certainly I think, length itself to at home working," he said.
"I think that if you’re planning to get taller, probably having a at-home job is probably useful, since you can go back to work within days of having the procedure and no one would know why.
“So you can go through the entire process and get to the end while still maintaining full time employment, so I think that’s one of the reasons.”Featured Image Credit: ITV