The world’s shortest man has reclaimed the Guinness World Record title, 10 years after he was first awarded the crown.- By Gerald Gekara and agencies.
At 34 years old, Edward Nino Hernandez, measures just 72.1cm tall translating to about 2ft 4 tall.
Hernandez is slightly taller than a piece of carry-on luggage, and less than half the 5ft 10 inches an average man measures.
According to the Independent magazine, his counterpart, Khagendra Thapa Magar, from Nepal, measured 67.08cm (2ft 2.41in) and was recognized as the world’s shortest man who could walk by Guinness World Records (GWR).
He died on January 26th 2020. Magar had been suffering from heart problems, asthma and pneumonia, friends told GWR.
He was admitted to hospital in Nepal, and later died.
Guinness World Records recognizes two categories for people of short stature: mobile and non-mobile. Magar’s height made him the shortest mobile man on the planet, at 7cm taller than Philipino Junrey Balawing, who measures 59.93cm (1ft 11.5in) and who is unable to walk or stand unaided due to the medical condition osteogenesis imperfecta.
The Colombian suffers from severe hypothyroidism, a condition which stunts the growth and means bone cartilage does not grow as it should do.