Jerly Lyngdoh – who lives with his farmer parents in Meghalaya, northern India – looks like any other tot with his tiny head and delicate 2ft 9ins long body.
But it’s only when he opens his mouth to reveal a full set of adult teeth that the truth about the world’s oldest baby is revealed.
Jerly Lyngdoh is trapped in the body and mind of a baby aged between one and two years. Chronologically in his 28th year, he has a head circumference that babies 9-12 months old have, measures 84 cm like any two-year-old and weighs 10 kilos.
“Jerly’s infantile features are remarkable, and the only things he shares with an adult are his teeth,” pediatrician Dr J. Ryndong told Hindustan Times from Shillong. “We think this is a case of pan-hypo pituitarism leading to poor secretion of growth hormones from pituitary glands.”