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Asia's tallest man hospitalized for hip replacement in China

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Wang Fengjun gets off a specially designed chair at a hospital in Zhengzhou, central China, on July 6, 2013. Wang, who is among the world's tallest living people, has been hospitalised for a hip replacement. (AFP)

An 8 foot, 4 inch Chinese man who is among the world's tallest living people has been hospitalized for a hip replacement, reports said.

Wang Fengjun has been measured as 11 inches taller than China's towering former NBA basketball player Yao Ming.

According to the Zhengzhou Evening, a paper in his home province of Henan, Wang's hands are 11 inches long and he wears specially made size-75 shoes.

Chinese media widely describe him as Asia's tallest man.

Wang, 37, developed gigantism due to a tumour on his pituitary gland. He has been suffering from osteonecrosis of the hips and was offered free treatment by a Henan hospital.

China's Yao Defen was the world's tallest woman at 7 feet, six inches when she died last year aged 40.