In his home country, Manpreet has been worshiped as the reincarnation of a Hindu god by local villagers since he was only 12-years-old – and people from different spheres of life across the country even visit him every day to be blessed.
The young man from Punjab, India was given birth to ‘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.
His dad said: “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.”
Doctor Hemraj, a local doctor who takes care of Manpreet, believes that his rare condition has something to do with the thyroid.
He said: “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.
“Today science has developed so much that nothing is impossible. His treatment is also possible.”