A man is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu God after a mystery condition left him just 23 inches tall.
Manpreet Singh, 21, is the same height and weight as a six month old baby and is believed to be one of the smallest people in the world.
Currently undiagnosed, his condition remains a mystery. But now locals in Punjab, India, consdier him a deity and visit him daily to be ‘blessed’.
Undiagnosed: Manpreet Singh, 21, is the same height and weight as a six month old baby
Religious experience: The 21 year-old man is considered the reincarnation of a Hindu God
Mr Singh was born a healthy baby boy, but his parents Jagtar Singh and Manjeet Kaur say his growth suddenly stopped when he was six months old.
Sadly, doctors have never examined him properly as his family have never been able to afford medical treatment.
Jagtar said: ‘We don’t have money to pay for his treatment.’
Additionally, Mr Singh is unable to talk and walk – he stopped moving his legs when he was three. But his family insist that he still brings joy to his fellow villagers.
‘We have taken him to many doctors since his birth but around 5-7 doctors told us that he is suffering from thyroid and he can be treated,’ his mother said.
‘But we have given him a lot of medicines and there is no difference.’
Manpreet, who is completely dependant, photographed with his mother at their home
Cessation: Interestingly, he was born as a healthy baby boy but growth stopped at six months
Family ties: The local celebrity pictured with his parents Jagtar Singh and Manjeet Kaur
She added: ‘Among his relatives, as well as those who come from outside, he is considered to be like a God. Whoever he blesses will get their wish fulfilled.
‘People don’t bully my son for being short. We don’t feel bad about him. We all worship him. People love him a lot. People come to worship him everyday.’
Interestingly, Mr Singh has two siblings, both of whom normal height. His 19-year-old sister Jaspreet stays home to take care of him.
However, the family want him to become famous so that they can get enough money for his treatment.
Medical intervention: Local GP Doctor Hemraj performs a checkup on Manpreet
Siblings: The 21 year-old has two siblings, including his 19-year-old sister Jaspreet, who is his primary carer
Light load: Manpreet sits on a weighing machine which shows his weight as 7.46 kilos
‘We have consulted a lot of doctors but they also don’t have any hope. But if by any chance there is a possibility, I could not be happier,’ his father said.
Doctor Hemraj, a local practitioner, believes the rare condition has something to do with the thyroid.
‘People come to me who are suffering from fever or a cold, I take care of them. But this is a different case, I have seen it for the very first time,’ he said.
‘Today science has developed so much that nothing is impossible. His treatment is also possible.’
Status-driven: His parents are hoping that his profile will generate money for medical help
Local celebrity? People take pictures of Manpreet while he rests in his father’s lap