Ever heard of Edward Nino Hernandez?
Well, he is a 24-year old Colombian who comes from Bosa, a mostly poor district of southern Bagota. He loves to dance. He dreams of owning a car and wants to see the world. He also suffers from cataracts in both eyes, which blurs his eyesight and will need surgery to get them to working order again. But why should you care? What’s so special about him?
Well, he hasn’t grown since he was two years old, and at 2 foot tall (or 27 inches, or 70cm), he has been recognised as the world’s shortest living man by the Guinness World Records.
The previous titleholder was China’s He Pingpong, died on the thirteenth of March. He was 4cm taller than the Columbian.
In a recent interview, Hernandez discussed his height. “I feel happy because I’m unique,” but added “it bothers me that people are (always) touching me and picking me up”. Though it seems his height hasn’t held him back in love, as he states that he has an 18-year old girlfriend called Fanny, who herself is less than 5ft tall.
According to his mother, Noemi Hernandez, doctors never gave a reasoning to why her son had not grown no bigger than a piece of carry-on luggage.
Hernandez has earned some cash dancing at department stores. Not only that, he is now acting in a film which sees him playing a pint-sized drug thug.
But, it seems like there will be a rival to Hernandez’s throne as world’s shortest man may not last long. The world’s shortest teenager. Khagendra Thapa Magor from Nepal, measures at 22in (or 56cm, depending on your outlook on life) and will turn eighteen on the fourteenth of October.