Newly Declared World’s Shortest Man – The world’s new shortest man is a Colombian who stands 70 centimeter (27-inch). The Guinness World Records declared Edward Nino Hernandez, 24-year-old and weighs only 10 kilograms (22 lbs), as the world’s shortest man. According to his mother, he had not grown since he was two years old.
Pingping of China was the previous holder of the title. He was 4 centimeters (1.5 inches) taller than Hernandez. He died in March before Hernandez was discovered. It is not expected that Hernandez would keep the title for long but when Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal turns 18 in October, he is expected to take the title. Khagendra is currently recognized as the world’s shortest living teenager. He stands only 56 centimeter (22in) tall. The shortest man on record was Gul Mohammed of India who measured just 57 centimeter, 1 centimeter taller than Khagendra.
Hernandez stopped school in the eight grade and he now earns money dancing at department stores. He is also currently playing the role of a drug dealer in a film. Although he liked the attention, there were some drawbacks. It bothers him that people are always touching and picking him up. However, he feels happy with what he is doing dancing in the department stores.
Hernandez’s mother, Noemi, said physicians in the Colombian capital, Bogota, can’t explain why he had grown only 40 centimeter since birth. The doctors at the National University studied him until he was three and then lost interest. Furthermore, her youngest child, Miguel Angel is 11 years old and also stands only 93 centimeter (37in) tall.