Last updated: 14 june, 2010 - 16:43 GMT

The world's shortest teenager

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Teenager Jyoti Amge is the world's shortest girl. At 16 and a half years old, she is just about 62cm tall and weighs five kilograms.

Despite being small she leads a full life, going to a normal school and enjoys playing video games, just like any other teenager.

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Medical experts say Jyoti will not produce enough hormones to grow any taller.

Her doctor, D N Aggarwal, says that despite fractures on both her legs that refuse to heal because of a severe calcium deficiency, she is in reasonably good health.

She leads a relatively independent life and is able to walk unassisted.

The BBC's Suhail Haleem met this determined young woman in the Indian city of Nagpur.

At home with Jyoti - Gallery

  • Jyoti Amge
    Jyoti has bespoke furniture to suit her size.
  • Jyoti Amge
    She is just about 62 centimetres tall.
  • Jyoti Amge
    At home with her sister.
  • Jyoti Amge
    At home with her sister.
  • Jyoti Amge
    Jyoti's wardrobe and collection of sunglasses.
  • Jyoti Amge
    Jyoti phoning friends.
  • Jyoti Amge
    Relaxing at home with family.
  • Jyoti Amge
    Jyoti has ambitions of working in Bollywood movies.
  • Jyoti Amge
    Jyoti with mum and dad.

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