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The skeletal remains of Caroline Crachami (ca. 1815? – 1824) who is sometimes cited as being the smallest person in recorded history. At the time of her death, she measured a mere 19.5 inches tall. Her condition has subsequently been diagnosed as Seckel syndrome. From the Royal College of Surgeons, London.

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DEFINITION: Seckel syndrome is a form of microcephalic primordial dwarfism which results in a smaller body size in all stages of life beginning from before birth. It is a congential nanosomic disorder characterized by intrauterine growth retardation and postnatal dwarfism with a small head, narrow bird-like face with a beak-like nose, large eyes with an antimongoloid slant, receding mandible and mental retardation.
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DESCRIPTION: When Caroline Crachami was born on 19 June 1815 in Palermo, Italy, she measured approximately 8 inches long and weighed only 450 grams. Shortly after her birth, her parents moved to Dublin to work in the Theatre Royal. They settled there and lived relatively uneventful lives for the next 8 years.

Sometime in 1823, Caroline’s health began to fail, at which time a Dr Gilligan advised she be taken to England, a ‘healthier atmosphere’. To cut expenses, Gilligan also suggested that Caroline be exhibited to medical audiences; however, upon arriving in England, he ended up parading her around the country as ‘The Sicilian Fairy’, reaping considerable profits. It was at this time that the famous surgeon, Sir Everard Home, became interested in Caroline and persuaded Gilligan to allow her to be shown to King George IV.

Unfortunately, Gilligan’s exhibition schedule proved too exhausting for little Caroline. She died on 4 June 1824 in front of a reported 200 spectators. Hoping to profit from her in death as he did in life, Gilligan attempted to sell Caroline’s body for £100 to various anatomical schools. When he failed to do so, he approached Home, who then arranged for it to be kept in the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Upon hearing of his daughter’s death in the Cork Inquirer, Caroline’s father travelled to England in a frantic attempt to reclaim her body. It is said that when he arrived at the Royal College of Surgeons, he discovered that the autopsy was already in progress, or had just been completed, and left in terrible anguish.

The post-mortem reports reveal that Caroline likely died from tuberculosis. Her dental records also suggest she may have been younger than her reported 9 years of age. Her bones, along with the clothes and jewelry she was wearing when she died, can be seen at the Hunterian Collection in London today.

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So the middle skeleton is her. She died at age 3. The skeleton on the right is a regular sized 3 year old, and the one on the left is an infant. Also of note, for Ms. Meadows. The smallest silk stockings, shoes and ring ever.

that's what it says in your 2nd link. That would mean she was SIGNIFICANTLY younger than 9 years of age!

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Re: Caroline Crachami, the ‘Sicilian Fairy’

Dr Gilligan is a heartless cold-souled bastard, someone go piss on that greedy bastards grave.

dont know what im talking about? maybe you should read the post

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