A 72-year -old Nepalese man who made big claims to being the smallest man in the world has finally been confirmed as a record breaker. A doctor and Guinness World Records official headed to Nepal to measure Chandra Bahadur Dangi to confirm his height of 21.5 inches (54.6 centimeters), shorter than the length of a broadcast newspaper, where they declared him the world's shortest person. In February, Guinness presented Dangi with two certificates for being the world's shortest living man and the world's shortest person ever recorded in Guinness' 57-year history.
Dangi lives in a remote mountain village in Nepal and says he now wants to travel across the country and abroad. He overtook the previous shortest man Junrey Balawig of the Philippines, who is 23.5 inches (60 centimeters) tall. He had claimed the title last year from Khagendra Thapa Magar, 18, whose height is 26 inches tall.
Dangi, who wears a traditional hat and tailor-made clothing, was looking forward to receiving the accolade after remaining out of the media spotlight all his life.
Dangi claims he has never taken any kind of medication or been examined by a doctor. He admits he suffers the odd cold, but revealed he has a home remedy, saying: "At such times I drink hot water and have turmeric powder dissolved in water. The fever lasts for two to three days. I haven't been ill probably because my body is good."
Dangi, the seventh sibling of a family of six brothers and two sisters, does not remember his father and his mother, who died when he was 16 years old. His immediate older brother and family have looked after him.
Three of his five brothers are less than four feet tall, while his two sisters and two brothers are of average height. Dangi only left his village, Reemkholi in Dang district, about 271 miles from Kathmandu, for the first time five years ago and this was his first visit to the Himalayan capital. The cause of Dangi's height problem has not been diagnosed but it is suspected that he suffers primordial dwarfism which begins in the womb.