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The Great Khali (real name Dalip Singh) was forced to undergo surgery recently for a tumor on his pituitary gland that caused him to grow to be such a massive man, not unlike Big Show and André the Giant before him.
Triblive.com has the story:
The tumor removed during a four-hour procedure on Wednesday led to the growth spurt that caused Singh to achieve a height of 7 feet, 1 inch and a weight of 347 pounds, according to UPMC neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon, who led the surgical team. Maroon said Thursday the tumor causes a condition called acromegaly, which can be fatal if left untreated. The pituitary gland is a pea-sized organ at the base of the brain.
"As part of our ongoing wellness evaluation, we are happy that The Great Khali had successful pituitary surgery, and we look forward to him returning to the ring in the near future," said Adam Hopkins, a spokesman for WWE, based in Stamford, Conn.
Khali is expected to recover within the next three months and should be able to resume his pro wrestling career without any problem. Big Show actually had a similar surgery done in the 90s and has gone on to a long and successful career. The situation isn't quite the same, of course, with Khali already 39-years-old and unable to move around very well as it is but this was a necessary procedure and the sooner it was done the better.
The irony isn't lost on me. Khali has his job with WWE due almost entirely to his size and now he's having surgery to correct that very condition.
Either way, we wish Khali a speedy and complete recovery.