Ms Amge, a student attending school in India, was confirmed to the the world’s shortest woman on Friday while she was celebrating her 18th birthday. Ms Amge is only a tad bit over 2 feet tall and has been acknowledged by the Guinness Worlds Records as the world’s shortest woman. She was given the title in Nagpur.
She is a beautiful young lady, but has a disease that has stunted her growth. It’s a dwarfism type disease called achondroplasia. This is the second time she has received an award for her short size. In 2009, she was noted for being the world’s shortest teenager. She was a mere 61.95 cm tall.
The woman who previously held the record was an American, Bridgette Jordan. She was 7cm taller than Ms Amge. The very shortest woman ever known to be recorded for it was Pauline Musters. She lived during the years 1876 to 1895. Pauline was from the Netherlands and was only 61cm’s tall.
Ms Amge was awarded a certificate for being the world’s shortest woman during a ceremony that her parents attended with her. Ms Amge was excited about receiving the award on her 18th birthday. “It is wonderful to celebrate my 18th birthday with a new world record, it’s like an added birthday present,” she said. “I feel grateful to be this size, after all if I weren’t small and had not achieved these world records I might never have been able to visit Japan and Europe, and many other wonderful countries,” This award has provided her with so much more than she could have achieved without it.
Jyoti Amge wore the traditional sari as she was standing on a chair next to Rob Molloy who was sitting down. She cut her birthday cake as many watched. Jyoti doesn’t plan on letting her short height get in the way of her happiness. It’s hard to imagine a person being that short when there are babies that are born close to the same length.
To fit the rules of the Guinness World’s Records, Jyoti was measured three different times in a 24 hour period by a doctor.
Jyoti plans on furthering her education. She began school at age 4 and has just finished taking her high school exams. The university is next on her list.