Published On: Mon, Sep 6th, 2010

Colombian Edward Nino Hernandez named world’s shortest man

A 70cm (27-inch) tall Colombian man has been declared “The World’s Shortest” living man by Guinness World Records.

Edward Nino Hernandez, 24, weighs only 10kg (22lbs) and in the BBC report, his mother stated that he had not grown since he was two years old.

Hernandez, who works part-time as a dancer, told the press “I feel happy because I’m unique.”

photo courtesy of Guiness

Doctors could never explain to Edward’s parents why he never grew, adding only 40cm since birth. “National University studied him until he was three and then lost interest. Her youngest child, 11-year-old Miguel Angel, is himself only 93cm (37in) tall,” the BBC article explained.

Although he liked the attention, he said there were some drawbacks.

“It bothers me that people are always touching me and picking me up.”

The previous record holder was He Pingping of China, who was 4cm (1.5in) taller and died in March, just before Hernandez was discovered (or reported).

Hernandez is not expected to keep the title for long, however, as Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal is expected to take the title when he turns 18 in October.

The BBC explained that “Khagendra, currently recognised as the world’s shortest living teenager, is only 56cm (22in) tall. The shortest man on record was Gul Mohammed of India, who measured just 57cm – 1cm taller than Khagendra.”


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    […] The World’s Shortest Man record has been a hot topic over the last year or so, with Columbian Edward Nino Hernandez being crowed with the title in September. […]

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    […] this month, the Guinness World Records recognized Colombian Edward Niño Hernandez as the World’s Smallest […]

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