An English five-year-old, described as the world's smallest girl, has started school in a blaze of publicity.
Charlotte Garside is just 68 centimetres tall and weighs 4 kilograms. She is little bigger than an average newborn and smaller than her favourite teddy.
At Easington Primary School near Hull in East Yorkshire her classmates tower over her, but her parents feel the best way to see what Charlotte is capable of is by testing her in mainstream education.
Emma Newman, 30, and Scott Garside, 26, have battled to give their daughter as normal a life as possible, the Daily Mail reported.
The wee girl was born with a form of primordial dwarfism so rare it doesn't even have a name. Emma carried the tiny baby around in the front pocket of her hoodie and put her in nappies the size of a credit card.
Despite Charlotte's tiny size and health problems, Emma, 30, does not believe she will fade into the background at school.
"She may be small but she has a massive personality and wants to do everything a normal five-year-old does," Emma said.
"She is very inquisitive and the school have already told us she has a learning age of a three-year-old, which is higher than we thought.
"Of course, I was worried she could get hurt by the other children, but she has her own tutor look after her and she's not as fragile as you'd think."
Charlotte has three normal sized sisters - Chloe, 15, Sabrina, 12, and Sophie, eight - who point out their sister may be small but she makes her presence felt.
"She loves tearing around the house and being thrown in the air," Chloe said.
"She's quite scrappy and doesn't sit still for a second."
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