Boy who couldn't age grows taller than 6 feet after innovative surgery

(FOX NEWS) - When 17-year-old Jacob Barnes walked into his neurosurgeon’s office in January 2012, he didn’t look like a typical boy his age. In fact, at 5 feet 2 inches tall and around 145 pounds, and with a smooth face he’d never needed to shave, Barnes looked more like he was 11.

Growing up, his relatively younger, scrawnier appearance had never bothered him much. But when Jacob was diagnosed with a rare congenital condition marked by a brain tumor on his pituitary gland mere months before, he and his family’s concern surpassed that of a superficial basis.

Today, Jacob stands at 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs about 241 pounds and can grow facial hair. After undergoing a minimally invasive procedure and regularly taking growth hormones, Jacob is healthy and developmentally back on track.

“Now, I just kind of feel normal,” 21-year-old Jacob, a junior at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio, told

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