When readers leaf through the pages of the Guinness World Record books, there are a few record titles that are remembered for their iconic, timeless and noteworthy nature.
Whether it’s the woman with the longest fingernails or the world’s most tattooed man, among those categories is also the record for the shortest man living.
It’s rare these titles get broken – but when they do, it’s quite extraordinary. That’s why today we are pleased to announce that Edward Niño Hernández is the shortest male living (mobile) at 33 years of age - as part of his recent birthday celebrations!
After turning 34 on 10 May, Edward can now begin his new year of age with a fantastic new record title; one that he achieved with a height of 72.10 cm (2 ft 4.3938 in) tall.
Natalia Ramírez, Guinness World Records Latin America adjudicator, presented Edward with an official certificate at a medical clinic in his native city of Bogotá, Colombia to honor this achievement.*
His family and Orthopedist, Cristina Suárez, were by his side during the ceremony.
Born on 10 May 1986, Edward grew up like most kids, having similar interests and reaching the proper milestones.
However, when he reached the age of 4, he realized he was not growing taller like his friends. Though his parents sought medical advice, his diagnosis of severe Hypothyroidism nearly 20 years later confirmed why his natural growth was affected.
Nowadays, you can find Edward dancing to Reggaeton, Merengue, and Vallenato music and, enjoying life.
“I use my smile to conquer the world! I always share my big smile with everyone; that’s my charm,” added Edward. “I can achieve everything I set my mind to. Everything is possible… Size and height don’t matter! I want people to meet who I truly am: small in size, big in heart!” And while he is thrilled to be the current record holder, this isn’t his first time in the record books.
Edward first became a Guinness World Records title holder for this same title on 13 April 2010, at 24 years, 70.21 cm. (2 ft 3.64 in) tall.
This record was surpassed on October 14, 2010, by Khagendra Thapa Magar (Nepal, b. 14 October 1992) - who became the new record title holder at 67.08 cm (2 ft 2.41 in) tall.
After Khagendra’s sudden and saddening passing on 17 January 2020, Edward regained the record title.
*Note: All certificate presentations, photographs, and recording happened months prior to the quarantine and social distancing period.