Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Smallest Teenager in the World

Jyoti is smaller than the average two-year-old child

A teenager from India who stands at a tiny 1ft 11in (58cm) tall is the smallest girl in the world. Jyoti Amge, 14, is shorter than the average two-year-old child and only weighs 11lb (5kg). She has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia and won't grow any taller than her current height. Due to her size, Jyoti has to have clothes and jewellery made for her. She sleeps in a tiny bed and uses special plates and cutlery to eat, as normal-sized utensils are too big. Despite this, she goes to a regular school in Nagpur, central India, where she has her own small desk and chair, and her classmates treat her like any other student. Jyoti also shares common interests with other teenagers, with a love for DVDs and fashionable dresses.She said: 'I am proud of being small. I love all the attention I get. I'm not scared of being small and I don't regret it. ' I'm just the same as other people. I eat like you, dream like you. I don't feel any different.' Jyoti is treated like a mini-celebrity in her home town, where people flock to meet her and some even treat her like a goddess.

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