You'd Never Know Just Looking at Photo, But This Is Actually a 23-Year-Old Man


Looks can be extremely deceiving, especially when it comes to age. I have given up trying to guess people’s ages — from kids to adults, I’m clueless.

Age can be a very touchy subject, so I think it is generally best not to assume. The story of Manpreet Singh from Punjab, India might just prove that point.

Singh was born in 1995, but shortly after he turned one, he stopped growing. He is now 23 years old, weighs 11 pounds, and is trapped inside a baby’s body.

His neighbors in Hisar, India, called him the “pint-sized man” and some even considered to be an incarnation of God.

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It is still unknown why exactly he stopped growing at such a young age, but some doctors have suggested it could be attributed to hormone imbalance or even a rare genetic condition called Laron Syndrome.

In order to give a proper diagnosis, doctors need to carry out an investigation of his condition, but the cost of that investigation and treatment would be around 500,000 rupees, or just over $7,400.

Singh currently lives with his uncle and aunt because his parents were unable to take care of the 23-year-old toddler.

“Manpreet giggles like a toddler and seldom gets sad. It’s only when the dogs or any other animal makes a sound, he gets terrified and cries,” his uncle Karanvir Singh said. “He is a delightful child and gestures the guests with his hands to sit, and tries to befriend them.”

He can only speak in monosyllables and has to be spoon fed. And just like many other toddlers, he has to be carried everywhere and needs 24-hour care.

Singh also has swollen palms, feet, and saggy skin hanging from his face.

“Though he only speaks in monosyllables … he learned the skills to communicate through gestures. He has also become an expert in mimicking people,” his aunt Lakhwinder Kaur said.

“He would greet a guest by shaking hands with them and request them to take a seat.”

Although he can’t hold a conversation, Singh does enjoy mimicking people such as his cousin.

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“We love this little bundle of joy so much that the idea of letting him go makes my heart sink,” his aunt told U.K. Metro.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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