BIOGRAPHY, WIKIPEDIA, AGE, WIFE AND DISEASE: Afshin Ghaderzadeh breaks Guinness World Record for Shortest man in the world with 65.24 cm in height KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt


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Saturday, June 17, 2023

BIOGRAPHY, WIKIPEDIA, AGE, WIFE AND DISEASE: Afshin Ghaderzadeh breaks Guinness World Record for Shortest man in the world with 65.24 cm in height

BIOGRAPHY, WIKIPEDIA, AGE, WIFE AND DISEASE: Afshin Ghaderzadeh breaks Guinness World Record for Shortest man in the world.

He was verified as the shortest man on December 13 in Dubai, beating the previous record holder Colombian Edward Niño Hernández by 6.86cm, Craig Glenday, Editor in Chief, Guinness World Records announced at a press conference in Dubai.

Guinness official adjudicator Alwaleed Osman, who read out the official declaration and handed the Guinness Record certificate to Afshin, said Dr. Bindu Devarajan, general practitioner - Ahalia Group, took Afshin’s measurements three times on the day of verification, resulting in the accurate record height.

Glenday, who flew in from the UK for the iconic record ceremony, said: “It's been a privilege to meet with Afshin and his family, and to confirm him as the new world's shortest living adult man. At just 65.24 cm, he not only comfortably beats the existing record but he's also one of the shortest men to ever hold this title. This is one of those fundamental human-body superlatives, and receiving this official confirmation is a potentially life-changing moment in this charming young man's life.”

Accompanied by his mother Khatoon and father Esmaeil, Afshin attended the press conference in a newly stitched suit that fits a two or three-year-old child. As they only speak Kurdish and Persian languages, the family interacted with the media with the help of translators.

Ghaderzadeh, who weighs 5.6 kilograms, has not been officially diagnosed with a condition that has affected his height.

“We haven't got a specific diagnosis, but we know it's a form of primordial dwarfism,” Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, tells The National.

He said the recognition could allow Ghaderzadeh's family to seek medical attention, which otherwise has been difficult for them because of their limited access to medical care.

Flying in from Iran, where he was born, Ghaderzadeh was about to be declared the world's shortest living man by Guinness World Records. He walked into the room and was lifted on to the table to receive his plaque.

Ghaderzadeh, 20, stands at 65.24cm, earning him the Guinness shortest man living record. He has surpassed the previous title-holder, Colombia's Edward Hernandez, who measured 70.21cm tall when he was first recognised in 2010. Hernandez was remeasured as 72.1cm in 2020 by Guinness World Records.

Ghaderzadeh was born and grew up in the West Azerbaijan Province in Northern Iran and enjoys some local fame because of his height. He is known for his kind and outgoing personality.

It has not been easy for him and his parents, who also attended the Dubai ceremony on Thursday. Ghaderzadeh is home-schooled, as he is unable to attend school, and struggles to do everyday things independently, sometimes even walking. His mother said she always needs to be by his side.

Afshin, along with his parents, left his Iran home for the first time and visited the Guinness World Records office in Dubai to verify the record. Afshin was measured three times in 24 hours after which he was declared the world's shortest man. The Guinness World Records also shared a video of Afshin on YouTube, on Thursday.

Many users on YouTube commented on the video and expressed their views about the world record. One user wrote, "Congratulations, wish him a healthy and happy life," while another commented, "It seems he has a very generous and kind personality." While in Dubai, Afshin also visited the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. To celebrate the new world record, Afshin also visited a barber in Dubai for a quick shave and trim and a tailor to have his suit altered. His three-piece suit is made for a 2-3-year-old child. 

As for Afshin, he can speak both Kurdish and Persian, using the Farsi dialect. He was born with a body weight of 700 gm and has grown now to almost 6.5 kg.65.24 cm. 

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