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Madge Bester

Madge Bester
Born (1963-04-26) 26 April 1963
Height 2 ft 1.5 in (65 cm)

Madge Bester (born 26 April 1963) is the world's former shortest living woman.[1] From South Africa, she measures 2 ft 1.5 in (65 cm) in height which was measured in 1991. Bester has osteogenesis imperfecta, which is characterized by brittle bones, and uses a wheelchair.[2] She has been a campaigner for disability rights, holding a 1998 press conference on the issue accompanied by Lin Yih-Chih, the world's smallest man.[3]

Bester lives in a retirement village in Bloemfontein. Her mother Winnie, who died in 2001, also suffered from osteogenesis imperfecta and measured only 70 cm.[2]


  1. ^ Murphy, Wendy (2002). Orphan Diseases. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 78.   viewed at Google Books
  2. ^ a b Sampson, Lin (2005). Now You've Gone 'n Killed Me. Oshun. pp. 40–44.  , viewed at Google Books
  3. ^ "World's shortest man, woman campaign for disabled". CNN News Asia (Cable News Network). 3 November 1998. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
Preceded by
Bridgette Jordan
Shortest Recognized Woman
Succeeded by
Jyoti Amge

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