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21-Year-Old Man Revered As Hindu God For His Small Size (Photo)

| by Denise Recalde

Indians are worshiping a 23-inch-tall man who has an unknown medical condition as the reincarnation of a Hindu god.

Manpreet Singh, 21, believed to be one of the smallest people in the world, is the same height and weight as a 6-month-old baby, Daily Mail reports. 

His condition has not been fully diagnosed. People from the Punjab region of India, where he lives, believe him to be a deity and have been visiting him daily to be "blessed."

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His parents, Jagtar Singh and Manjeet Kaur, say he was born healthy, but stopped growing when he was 6 months old.

The couple say they are too poor to afford medical attention to have him properly diagnosed and treated for his condition.

"We don't have money to pay for his treatment," Jagtar said. 

Manpreet is also unable to walk or talk. His legs stopped moving when he was 3 years old. 

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His family insists he is a source of joy to other villagers.

"We have taken him to many doctors since his birth but around five to seven doctors told us that he is suffering from thyroid and he can be treated," said his mother. "But we have given him a lot of medicines and there is no difference."

She continued: "Among his relatives, as well as those who come from outside, he is considered to be like a god. Whoever he blesses will get their wish fulfilled. People don't bully my son for being short. We don't feel bad about him. We all worship him. People love him a lot. People come to worship him every day."

The couple has two other children, who are of normal height. Jaspreet, 19, stays at home to take care of Manpreet's needs.

The family is hoping Manpreet will become famous so they can raise the money to get him treated. 

"We have consulted a lot of doctors but they also don't have any hope. But if by any chance there is a possibility, I could not be happier," said his father.

A local health worker, known only as Doctor Hemraj, says the rare condition is linked to a problem with the thyroid. 

"People come to me who are suffering from fever or a cold, I take care of them. But this is a different case, I have seen it for the very first time," he said. "Today science has developed so much that nothing is impossible. His treatment is also possible."

According to The Telegraph, Chandra Bahadur Dangi of Nepal was the shortest adult human ever verified by Guinness World Records. He was 21.5 inches tall, weighed 32 pounds and died in 2015 at age 75. 

Sources: Daily Mail, The Telegraph / Photo credit: Nile/Pixabay, Rare Shot/Barcroft Images via Daily Mail 

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