Nepal: Shortest boy grows into a man

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The Independent Online

Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal is a little man facing a big day. Today – his 18th birthday – assuming his height is confirmed at 25.8 inches (just under 66cm), he will officially be named the world's shortest man.

His family has been campaigning for years to get Thapa the crown, but earlier requests to the Guinness World Records people were rejected because of the possibility that he might still grow. Up to now he was certified as the shortest male teenager. Once his measurements are taken he is expected to overtake Edward Nino Hernandez of Colombia, who measures 27 inches.