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Last Updated: Thursday August 31 2006 12:01 GMT

The world's smallest teenager?

Khagendra Thapa Magar (middle) with his family

A teenager is waiting to find out if he's the smallest man in the world.

Fourteen-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar is only 50cm high, and weighs just 4.5kg, which could be record-breaking.

He's apparently the smallest person in his home country of Nepal, and he's written to Guinness World Records to see if he can claim the world title.

A Guinness spokeswoman said they would decide after looking at all the medical evidence, and were considering flying him to England to be measured.

The current record holder for world's smallest living man is 65cm high Younis Edwan, who lives in Jordan.

The shortest man ever on record was Gul Mohammed, who clocked in at just 57cm - seven cm bigger than Khagendra.

'Very tiny'

"He was very tiny when he was born," said Khagendra's mother Dhana Maya Thapa Magar. "It was not possible to bathe him or clean him up because of his size. We had to hold him on our palm," she said.

Khagendra and his family are currently touring Nepal looking for funds to help support him.



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