Anxious wait: The ruler is placed against the old man’s head as officials confirm what he has always believed – that he is the smallest man on the planet
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 Balawing 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.
Chandra has his hat adjusted as he walks with his far taller nephew Dolakh Dangi on the way to the hospital before being measured
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.
He said: ‘I feel good that I will be declared the world’s shortest man.’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 tumeric power 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 were 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 217 miles from Kathmandu, for the first time five years ago and this is his first visit to the Himalayan capital.
Asked why he did not stake a claim earlier to be declared the shortest man, he said his family was unaware of such a record, because they are uneducated.
Dangi spends his days making placemats and head straps for villagers to carry heavy loads on their backs.
His nephew, Dolak Dangi, said: ‘He would also look after the buffalos and cows.
Dangi hopes to use his new found fame to travel, admitting: ‘I think things will be better now. I hope that I will be famous all over the world:
‘I want to visit foreign countries and meet people from around the world.’
The cause of Mr Dangi’s height problem has not been diagnosed but it is suspected that he suffers primordial dwarfism which begins in the womb.
- Daily Mail UK