New Guinness Record: Shortest Living Man on Earth [PHOTOS]

 @ibtimes on June 12 2011 9:06 PM

A Filipino man Junrey Balwing is the new Shortest Living Man on earth. His height is 23.5 inches (59.93cm) which is shorter than the former holder of Guinness World Records for shortest living man, Khagendra Thapa Magar who measures 26.4 inches (67.06cm).

Balawing stopped growing within two months of being born his parents said, according to the Associated Press.

Doctors suspect Balawing has stopped growing due a birth-related defect.

Balawing cannot stand on his own very long nor walk due to weak knees. 

He had his 18th birthday this Sunday.

Junrey Balawing

Balawing, set to be the world's shortest living man, attend a during a photo taking session with the Guinness World Records team in Sindangan REUTERS/Erik de Castro

Junrey Balawing

Balawing, set to be the world's shortest living man, poses for photographers in Sindangan REUTERS/Erik de Castro

Junrey Balawing

Balawing, set to be the world's shortest living man, stands on a weighing scale in Sindangan Erik de Castro / Reuters

Junrey Balawing

Balawing, set to be the world's shortest living man, poses for photographers in Sindangan Erik de Castro / Reuters

A local television journalist kisses Junrey Balawing, the "World's Shortest Living Man" in Sindangan

A local television journalist congratulates Junrey Balawing by kissing him, after he was named the "World's Shortest Living Man" by the Guinness World Records in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte in southern Philippines June 12, 2011. Balawing was certified by the Guinness World Records as the shortest man in the world with a standing and lying down average measurement of 23.5 inches (59.93 cm), on his 18th birthday on Sunday. The previous title holder is Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal who measures 26.4 inches (67.06 cm), being 2.9 inches (7.36 cm) taller. Reuters

A police officer holds on his lap Junrey Balawing, the "World's Shortest Living Man" declared by the Guinness World Records in Sindangan

A police officer holds on his lap Junrey Balawing, the "World's Shortest Living Man" declared by the Guinness World Records in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte in southern Philippines June 12, 2011. Balawing was certified by the Guinness World Record as the shortest man in the world with standing and lying down average measurement of 23.5 inches (59.93 cm) on his 18th birthday on Sunday. The previous title holder is Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal who measures 26.4 inches (67.06 cm), and 2.9 inches (7.36 cm) taller. Reuters

The Guinness World Records team and Sindangan's municipal health workers measure the height of Junrey Balawing in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte

The Guinness World Records team (L) and Sindangan's municipal health workers measure the height of Junrey Balawing (C) in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte in southern Philippines June 12, 2011. Balawing was certified by the Guinness World Records as the shortest man in the world with a standing and lying down average measurement of 23.5 inches (59.93 cm), on his 18th birthday on Sunday. The previous title holder is Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal who measures 26.4 inches (67.06 cm), being 2.9 inches (7.36 cm) taller. Reuters

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