Manpreet has been worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu god by local villagers since he was just 12-years-old – and people even visit him every day to be blessed.
The young man from Punjab, India was born a healthy baby boy but his parents Jagtar Singh and Manjeet Kaur say that he stopped growing when he was around six months old.
Because Manpreet’s family have not ever been able to afford medical treatment, he has never been
Jagtar said: “We don’t have money to pay for his treatment.
“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.
“But we have given him a lot of medicines and there is no difference.”
Minuscule Manpreet is unable to talk and walk and stopped moving his legs when he was just three.
But, despite this, he brings much joy to the rest of his village.
Mum Manjeet Kaur said: “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 every day.”
Manpreet has two siblings, who are both of normal height.
Manpreet’s 19-year-old sister Jaspreet stays home to take care of her brother and the family claim that he is one of the shortest men in the world.
They hope that by raising his profile he will become famous enough that they can earn money for his treatment.