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Teenager Trapped In A Toddler's Body

08/04/2015 16:28 | Updated 08 June 2015

Teenager trapped in a toddler's body

Girija Srinivas is two and a half feet tall and weights less than 2st. But she is a 19-year-old woman.

Grirja has congenital agenesis, which means her body hasn't developed and grown properly, and she is the size of a toddler. In fact, her head is so heavy in comparison to her body that she is unable to sit up.

However, despite her challenges, brave Grirja is channeling her love of art into her own career - and makes money by selling her paintings.

Girija, who lives with her parents and older brother in Bangalore, told Barcroft India: "I don't like anyone pitying me, I have shown everyone what my capabilities are.

"My mother helps me with eating and other normal things. But while I'm painting and drawing I need nobody's help. I do it myself.

"I sell five to six paintings a month, which makes me between 8,000 and 10,000 rupees (£86-108). I have to look after my parents and I need to have the financial capacity to do that."

Teenager trapped in a toddler's body

Nanda Baayi, Girija's mother, added: "We faced difficulties from the beginning. Even now, it's tough for us to look after her. There is immense pain in our heart.

"When she was born, she was not like other babies. When the doctors told us that her condition was permanent, it broke our hearts."

Girija did not attend school, but has a large circle of friends in her community. She said:

"I don't want to be popular because of my rare health condition but I want to be famous someday for my art.

"I do not want sympathy, I want recognition. I have an aim to achieve more in life. It's my dream to go abroad and achieve something big.

Teenager trapped in a toddler's body

"People say many things about me, laugh at me and call me mad. They even wonder how my father is looking after me. But my family members treat me as a normal person and I have many friends of my age.

"They never tease me that I am a toddler. I am not sad for being too small and unable to walk or move like a normal person."

Mum Nanda shares Girija's dreams and confidence, adding: "I am confident enough to tell that she can be self-dependent. It is her dream too."