ad info
   middle east

 custom news
 Headline News brief
 daily almanac
 CNN networks
 CNN programs
 on-air transcripts
 news quiz

CNN Websites
 video on demand
 video archive
 audio on demand
 news email services
 free email accounts
 desktop headlines

 message boards





World - Asia/Pacific

World's shortest man, woman campaign for disabled

November 3, 1998
Web posted at: 2:08 p.m. EST (1908 GMT)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (CNN) -- When the world's shortest woman met her male counterpart, their kiss for the cameras helped draw attention to a serious subject -- the physically disabled.

South Africa's Madge Bester was greeted on her arrival in Taiwan on Monday by island resident Lin Yih-Chih. Both have a bone deformity called osteogenesis imperfecta that hinders normal growth of bone and bodily height.

Together, they're speaking out on behalf of the world's disabled, urging them to live life to the fullest. "My message to you is to take charge of your life. Forget your disabilities and use your abilities," said Bester, 35.

For the record -- as in the Guinness Book of World Records -- Bester measures 65 centimeters (26 inches). Lin is slightly taller at 67.5 centimeters (27 inches).

Reuters contributed to this report.

Related stories:
Latest Headlines

Today on CNN

Related sites:

Note: Pages will open in a new browser window

External sites are not
endorsed by CNN Interactive.

Enter keyword(s)   go    help


Back to the top
© 2000 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.