Manpreet Singh was born in north west India sometime in 1995. He seemed like a pretty normal and healthy baby. However, people noticed something was odd about him when a year before he should have started walking, he seemed to stop growing.
At first, his family was baffled as to why their child seemed slower developing compared to most other children. But they became even more alarmed when it was clear that their son had stopped growing altogether.
Singh, now 23, has led a difficult life. His feet and palms are always swollen, and he suffers severe speech impediments. Now, he communicates mostly through gestures and is unable to hold regular conversations. Manpreet’s siblings, sister, Jaspreet, and a brother, Mangaldeep, both do not have the condition.
His parents, unable to properly care for him, sent him to live with his aunt in Hisar, 70 miles away from his family home in Mansa. He has become a local hit, and some of the locals believe he is a reincarnation of god due to his stature.
His uncle, 45-year-old Karanvir Singh, doesn’t seem to mind much taking care of Manpreet and only had kind words to say.
He is a delightful child and gestures the guests with his hands to sit, and tries to befriend them.
As for his aunt, she says Manpreet has a lot of fun, despite his disabilities.
He has also become an expert in mimicking people. He would greet a guest by shaking hands with them and request them to take a seat.
Scientists believe he has Laron syndrome
Besides the mysticism, scientists believe that Manpreet may be suffering from Laron syndrome. It is a recessive disorder that usually results in the insensitivity of growth hormones.
People like Manpreet lack a hormone called Growth Factor 1, or IGF-1, which causes their stunted growth. About a third of the people who suffer the condition can be found in remote villages in Ecuador's southern Loja province.
These are only preliminary suggestions, but the family requires £5,000 for proper medical tests to be carried out. Karanvir recently made an appeal for support to raise the money for Manpreet. He works as a driver and has stated that his meager earnings are unlikely to do much for the boy.
We don't have enough funds to take him to a better doctor or hospital. We appeal to the kind people of the internet to help us raise funds for Manpreet's treatment.
Already, a crowd-funding campaign has kicked off for Manpreet on Ketto, India’s version of GoFundMe.
Manpreet has loads of support
His condition may be sad, but still, it is getting Manpreet a lot of positive attention.
As word continues to spread, there is even more hope that Manpreet will be able to raise the money he needs in good time.