Mar 24, 2016

Man’s unusual tumor halted his growth during teen years

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When Jacob Barnes was 12, he mysteriously stopped growing. He watched as his friends began swapping out kid’s clothes for the men’s section and shaving in high school, but while they went through puberty, he just “stayed the same.”

“My family doctor was like ‘Jacob, something’s wrong, you look like you are 12, and you’re 16,’” he said.

In 2012, Barnes, who grew up an hour outside of Cleveland, was 17 and only 5-foot-2. He looked like he was in middle school, yet he was two years away from high school graduation.

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