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Man who moved to Turkey to grow up says the pain was worth it

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Man who moved to Turkey to grow up says the pain was worth it

A Canadian has had a limb lengthening operation, costing £25,000, to increase his height from 5ft 7in to 5ft 10in, as he was unsure of his height, it gave him “suicidal thoughts” and claims he is now “so much happier” and “confident”.

Daniel Farbod, 27, a civil engineer from Toronto, Canada, has been aware of his height ‘all (his) life’ – when he stopped growing, at 14, he said it had seemed ‘tragic’ to him and as his “first stab to the heart.”

Daniel always defined “being masculine” as being tall, and was “ashamed” of himself because he “didn’t feel like a man”.

Over time, being taller was all Daniel could dream of, and he claimed his height “had such an impact on his mental health” that he had “suicidal thoughts”.

After finding out about this unique surgery online, he realized he was “willing to sacrifice time and money to get his life back”.

So, in May 2021, he underwent his first procedure in a specialized clinic in Turkey, which consisted of breaking his femurs, digging into the bone and inserting a rod inside the bone with external fixators, pieces of steel on the outside of his legs.

Daniel had to turn the fixators with an Allen key every day for more than four months, and finally had his second surgery to remove the fixators after his bones managed to fuse together.

When Daniel recovered, he couldn’t “express how happy he was” and “felt so much more confident.” Today, he shares his journey on social media to inspire those unsure of their size.

Daniel told PA Real Life: “I’m really proud of myself after having this surgery.

“All my life I’ve been insecure about my height, it’s had a massive impact on my mental health.

“I was suicidal, and after admitting that I wanted to take steps to feel better and have surgery, I feel so much better.

“I think for other people it’s important to know how difficult the operation and recovery is – it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but for me it changed my life. life and made me grow not only literally but also metaphorically. a person.”

Daniel, who has always been height conscious, stopped growing at age 14 and became obsessed with finding ways to get taller.

He said: “I researched everything from socks to supplements claiming to increase your height.

“I was always worried and worried – I was going to orthopedic doctors because I was so afraid of not growing up.

“But when I was 14 I quit and it was so depressing.”

When it became clear to Daniel that he was unlikely to grow any further, his sanity and confidence took a hit.

He explained: “It was so tragic for me, it was like my first stab in the heart.

“All my dreams were to be taller and I had to somehow accept that my height had peaked.

“I tried to keep myself busy to manage my thoughts, but in 2020 I just couldn’t. I had all these negative thoughts and suicidal thoughts because I think being masculine and being a man means being tall.

“I didn’t feel like a man, I was so ashamed.”

Daniel felt like having limb-lengthening surgery was the only way for him to feel better, but his parents, who are both ‘pretty short’, didn’t approve of his decision to have cosmetic surgery .

He said: “Everyone was really against the idea because they thought it was unnatural and changed the way your body was supposed to be.

“I knew the operation was going to be difficult, but I thought even this pain would be better than having suicidal thoughts.

“I was willing to sacrifice time and money to get my life back.”

In May 2021, Daniel underwent his first surgery at a specialist clinic, Live Life Taller, in Turkey, which involved breaking both of his femurs, digging out the bone and inserting a rod inside the bone. with external fixators – bits of steel on the outside of his legs.

He explained, “I was really scared when I arrived at the clinic, and the broken bones were the part that made me most nervous about the whole process.

“It was crazy waking up after the operation – reality hit me all at once and I was so happy.”

His recovery involved being in a wheelchair and using an Allen wrench to turn a bolt on the fixators four times a day 90 degrees to separate the bone segments bit by bit.

Daniel continued to do this every day for four and a half months, recounting his painful healing: “My skin was stretching, my muscles were growing, it was insane.

“It took me even longer to recover, they usually say it will take three months, but I had nerve problems with my right leg and had to break it again.

“It was a very difficult time.”

In September 2021, the external fixators were removed, he explains: “I used a walker and very very slowly I started using crutches.

“I couldn’t really tell what my height was at that time.

“It took me at least another three months to be able to get up. »

Mr Farbod has grown from 5ft 7 to 5ft 10 and believes his mental health has improved significantly as a result.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it. I dreamed of being a tall man since I was 10, that’s all I ever wanted.

“I went through all those sleepless nights, traumas and upheavals, and I finally reached my goal.

“I can’t even express how happy I was, and I still am – I felt so much more confident.”

When Mr. Farbod arrived home, his family was also very happy for him.

He said: “They took such good care of me – I could barely get out of bed or bend over for long.

“They could tell I was so much happier once I recovered.”

Today, Daniel is sharing his journey on Instagram and YouTube to inspire those unsure of their size.

He said: “I want to show people the reality of the operation – it’s difficult but I want to raise awareness and get men to talk about their insecurities. »

For help, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, email them at jo@samaritans.org or visit samaritans.org to find the nearest branch.

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