Guinness World Records: Nepalese Man, 72, Declared Shortest Person Ever [Video]

A 72-year-old Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal has been declared the world’s shortest person ever by Guinness World Records.

Now Nepal is famous not only for the world’s highest peak but the world’s shortest man as well. A 72-year-old Nepalese man who is about the size of a toddler on Sunday became the world’s shortest person ever recorded.

A Guinness World Records team measured Chandra Bahadur Dangi at 54.6cm (21.5in), admitting the 72 year-old shorter than previous title holder Junrey Balawing, from the Philippines, who had 59.7cm (23.5in) at the age of 18 last year.

“The good news is that Chandra Bahadur Dangi is the world’s shortest living man,” Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday told reporters.

“If he is really 72 years old he is the oldest person to be awarded the shortest-man record,” Glenday confirmed, adding that Dangi was also the shortest person ever measured by Guinness World Records.

“I’m continually amazed that this record keeps getting broken,” Craig Glenday said, in the Nepali capital Kathmandu. “Just when you think it’s impossible for the record to get any smaller, Mr Dangi comes along and astonishes us all.”

Dangi, who lives in a remote part of Nepal, said he had never heard the world record title before a timber merchant visited his village last month and decided to measure him, reveals The Guardian.

Last week the record breaker took a plane for the first time from his village, Rimkholi, 167 miles west of Kathmandu, to meet Guinness World Records officials.

“I am good. I feel happy,” Dangi said. “I feel good that I will be declared the world’s shortest man”

Dangi, who was orphaned at 12, lives with his brother and is not going to marry. He said he had never experienced romance or found his soulmate.

“Until now, Chandra’s stature has been a burden. He is acutely aware of the difficulties of fitting into an average-sized world and is disappointed at having missed out on the chance to find a wife,” Guinness rep reported.

“He is hopeful, though, that his new title will see a change in his fortunes,” he added.

His family can’t say when Dangi stopped growing as many Nepali villages still lack basic health care. Five of his brothers and two sisters are of normal size.

Dangi also revealed that he suffers the odd cold, but added he has a home remedy, saying: “At such times I drink hot water and have tumeric power dissolved in water. The fever lasts for two to three days. I haven’t been ill probably because my body is good.”

Dangi spends his days making placemats and head straps for villagers to carry heavy loads on their backs, writes The Daily Mail.

The Guinness champion’s nephew, Dolak Dangi, said: “He would also look after the buffalos and cows. Although he could not chase them or tie them – he would call us if they strayed.”

Dangi hopes that the fame which so quickly came to him will help to travel, admitting: “I think things will be better now. I hope that I will be famous all over the world. I want to visit foreign countries and meet people from around the world.”

The cause of Mr Dangi’s height problem has not been diagnosed but it is suspected that he suffers primordial dwarfism which begins in the womb.

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