Dharmendra Pratap Singh is a Pratapgarh (district in Uttar Pradesh) native, and an MA in Hindi literature. He is 7'5".
”Dharmendra has a very rare disorder called acromegaly,” informs ENT surgeon Alok Agarwal. “This is caused by a pituitary tumour that is making the gland continuously secret the growth hormone. It is also putting pressure on his optic nerve. As a result, Dharmendra has poor eyesight, frequent headaches, diabetes, laxity of joints and, of course, abnormally large extremities. Poverty has also made him malnourished – his weights only 70 kilograms,” says Agarwal who first came across this case on TV and got in touch with Dharmendra, who said he could not afford to pay for treatment.