Edward Nino Hernandez has officially been named the world's smallest man by the Guinness Book of World Records, a title previously held by He Pingping of China, who died in March. He was 1.5 inches taller than Edward.
Edward is not expected to hold this title for long, however, as Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepa is expected to take over the title when he turns 18 on Oct. 14. Magar is 1-foot, 10-inches tall.
Edward eats lunch with his brother, Miguel Angel, who is 11. Miguel Angel is 3-feet, 1-inch tall, and will grow normally.
Edward's mother, Noemi, says doctors do not know why Edward cannot grow.
Edward walks with Miguel Angel near their Bogota, Colombia home.
"I feel happy because I'm unique," Edward told the Associated Press.
Edward eats lunch at home.
Edward has some other medical problems: He has cataracts in his eyes, which makes his vision blurry, and his short fingers make writing difficult, but he is smart, although sometimes it is difficult to understand his speech.
Edward stands in the doorway of his bathroom.
Edward says he has a girlfriend, Fanny, who is 18.
Edward enjoys dancing at his home.
He had to repeat several years of school before he dropped out in the eighth grade. However, he's very social and loves to travel. He also enjoys playing dominoes and checkers.
To earn money, Edward dances at department stores and is acting in a film in which he plays a pint-size drug thug. In his big scene, Edward gets into a shootout, and his character does not survive the battle.
Edward Nino Hernandez, 24, of Colombia, is currently the world's smallest man. He stands 2-feet, 3-inches tall - slightly bigger than a piece of carry-on luggage.