In comparison with many well-known classic books whose contents remain intact throughout the years and even centuries, one of the most famous publications in the world - the Guinness Book of Records - is constantly being altered and filled in. All kinds of things get a chance to appear on its pages: from a bizarre record of climbing atop the Everest Mountain naked to a more traditional and respectable record of the oldest person or the longest kiss.
Such traditional points in the Guinness Book of Records include one particular nomination whose candidate is now the 14-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal. The news is, his whole height is approximately 50.8 cm and his body weight is only around 4.5 kg. Considering such an incredibly miniature size the teenager rightly believes that he deserves to be honored in the pages of the Guinness Book of Records. He has already submitted a request to be considered. Most likely he will be granted his request since the current record belongs to a Jordanian citizen whose height is approximately 64cm and whose weight is a whole 10 kg!
Thapa Magar was born in 1992, a couple of hundred km west of Katmandu . From the very beginning it became clear that the boy was far behind others in his growth process. According to his mother, the child began walking independently only at the age of 8 but by the time he was 11 he completely stopped growing. For a long time the parents hid the boy because they were ashamed of his defect but now he has received the long-awaited world-wide fame.
Thapa Magar now has his own support group that has created a special Internet website dedicated to him alone. The activists are hoping to use the site as a fundraising resource in order to gather enough money for the boy’s medical needs, for his education and for his family’s support.
Translated by Natalia Vysotskaya