Elif Kocaman from the town of Kadirli in the Turkish province of Osmaniye suffered from dwarfism and was recognized in 2010 for her small height of only 72.6 cm. entered into the Guinness World Record
A woman who once held the Guinness World Record for being the smallest woman in the world has died aged just 33.
Elif Kocaman, who lived in the town of Kadirli in the Turkish province of Osmaniye, held the Guinness World Record for the smallest woman in the world for a year.
She remained the smallest woman in Turkey when she fell ill and was admitted to intensive care on Tuesday.
However, her condition worsened and she died of multiple organ failure caused by pneumonia.
Her death was reported by local media yesterday.
Kocaman, who suffered from dwarfism, was entered on the Guinness World Record in 2010 for her small height of just 72.6 centimeters (2’5 “).
She said at the time: “I always hoped that one day the world would recognize me. It was difficult as a kid because all of my classmates always raised me about my small size.
“But now I’m famous for my size. It makes me feel a lot bigger. I hope to travel and meet a lot of people including the tallest man in the world.
“God created me for who I am and I’m proud of that. I hope that one day I can find someone who loves me.”
Her mother Hatun was quoted as saying: “There were no problems with my pregnancy and I gave birth naturally.
“She weighed 3 pounds 10 ounces at birth and was a normal baby. We didn’t notice any problems until she was one. Then we noticed that she seemed to grow more slowly than other babies.
“It always seemed to stay the same size. When she was four it looked like she stopped growing. We asked the doctors for help, but they couldn’t tell us what the problem was.
“We hoped it would grow later, but it never did. When she was 10, we realized that it would always be that way.”
Elif held her title for a year until Bridgette Jordan of the United States, who was 69 centimeters tall, took her record in 2011.
Jordan passed away in June 2019 and the smallest woman currently alive is Jyoti Kisanji Amge from India, who is 62.8 centimeters tall.
Kocaman’s funeral took place and her body was interred in her hometown of Kadirli.