00:00COMM: Like a real life Peter Pan, Nick Smith will never grow up. 00:07Aged 20 and only 35 inches tall, he's one of the world's smallest men. 00:15HereJefferson, Georgia, Nick's family area race against time to give him thebest life they can. 00:23Shelly: He to me is still that child that never really grew up. He still loves everyholiday, believesSanta Claus, believes
the Easter Bunny, Halloween. 00:35COMM: He's one of only a handful of people worldwide suffering from Primordial Dwarfismand most don't make it past their 20s. 00:42Shelly: The biggest thing is a want him to feel that he is just like everyone else. 00:49COMM: While the condition has given him a tiny stature, Nick's two brothers, Levi andTravis, tower over him at a huge six foot five inches each.
01:00Shelly: He requires and wants a little bit more from me than the other brothers, youknow, they've gone ahead and they've grown up. Their needs are more met and they've matured. 01:11We have this connection, it's an unbelievable connection, just this bond. I can't even imagineday without him. 01:17You're my superhero, aren't youé 01:21COMM: Nick ishis final year of high school, where he gets a special eduion to preparehim for life after school.
01:30At school, tiny Nick is a big character. 01:32Julie: Nick does not see any difference between himself and anyone else. There are times whenhe'll say 'I'm as tall as you are!' and we say 'Yeah, you're tall', but he truly doesn'tsee that he's any different than anybody else. 01:49Nick: Boo! 01:55Woman: What you doingé How are youé That was a good hug. 02:00He comesevery morning up here and greets
us with a smile and some pushups and somemuscles, you know, gives us some great big strong hugs. 02:11He's definitely a ladies man. 02:25COMM: Alongside his small stature, Nick's condition means he faces a number of healthrisks like strokes, brain aneurisms and ongoing kidney problems. 02:36Shelly: Nick is such a happy person and the medical part of it is just something thatwe have to do unfortunately. Noone wants
to go through it, but we want to have themost normal life as we possibly can. 02:52You want to talk to Hannahé 02:53Nick: Yeah, Hannah. 02:54Shelly: All the wayMinnesotaé 02:55Nick: Yeah, Minnesota 02:56COMM: To help manage the health risks, Shelly and other parents around the world share informationto safeguard their chilen and try and prolong their lives.