Guinness World Records has declared that 20-year-old Afshin Esmaeil Ghaderzadeh from Iran is now the world’s shortest man, standing at an astonishingly short 65.24 centimetres (2 feet, 1.6 inches). This makes him 7 centimetres smaller than the previous record holder!
Guinness World Records recently declared Afshin as the shortest man alive, only measuring a mere 2.7 inches shorter than his predecessor Edward “Nino” Hernandez (Colombia). As a result of this impressive feat, he is now recognized by Guinness World Records as the fourth-shortest man ever recorded!
Afshin was flown out to the Guinness World Records office in Dubai, where his measurements were taken three times over the course of a day. This resulted in an accurate record height that could be officially registered. During his stay, Afshin went on some fun trips such as getting custom tailored clothing and going to the barbershop. On top of this, he also got to check off one item from his bucket list- visiting Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building!
Mr. Afshin was discovered in a remote village in Bukan County, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran, according to the record book. He is fluent in both Kurdish and Persian, speaking the Farsi dialect. He was born weighing 700 g (1.5 lb) and has since grown to nearly 6.5 kg (14.3 lb).
Mr. Afshin never had a normal life like the other people in his neighbourhood. His life has been very difficult; he was unable to attend school due to his small height, which had a negative impact on his education and literacy.
“Continuing treatment and my son’s physical weakness are the main reasons why he stopped studying, otherwise he has no mental problems,” said Afshin’s father, Esmaeil Ghaderzadeh.
Unable to pursue his father’s profession due to his diminutive stature, Afshin is left with no job opportunities in the small village he calls home.