Tuesday, December 8, 2009

World Smallest Girl

At age 15, Jyoti is about the size of a 6-month-old baby, at 12 pounds . With weak, breakable bones, she has sustained a number of serious injuries, including fractures to both of her legs that prevent her from walking normally. A top orthopedic surgeon believes an operation to fix her legs is possible, but the family isn't sure modern medicine is the answer. At merely 1 foot 11 inches (57.5 centimeters) tall and fully grown at the age of 15, Jyoti Amge of Nagpur, India, is smaller than the average 2-year old and the Worlds Smallest Girl according to the Indian Book of Records. Born December 16 1993, this remarkable girl weighs only 11 pounds (5 kilos), a result of Achondroplasia — the most common form of dwarfism — and will never grow any taller.
Jyoti is too small to use a normal sized knife and fork, so she eats off special plates, sleeps in a tiny, custom-built bed, and has to have her clothes and jewelry custom-made for her. Even bathing is done on a miniature scale, requiring specially-made steps to help her get into the tub and a small bucket and jug to wash herself.
This extraordinary little girl actually goes to a regular school at Bhartiya Vidya Niketan in Nagpur, where her fellow classmates of her own age treat her as one of themselves as she sits at her custom built miniature desk and chair.Jyoti is far from unhappy about her size and enjoys the celebrity status her height has brought her. “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.” she says. Her size comes with benefits — Jyoti is a mini-celebrity in her home city, where people flock to see her, and some even treat her as a goddess. She has even recorded an album with her favorite Indian pop star, the bhangra / rap singer Mika Singh. Little Jyoti has tall ambitions to one day break into Bollywood as an actress. “I would love to work in a big city like Mumbai, act in films and travel to London and America.” she said.

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