'World's Smallest Girl' Beats the Odds

But given that a firm diagnosis has not been reached and she is not receiving any treatment, he said, "I would be quite worried if she's missing all those hormones. She could be vulnerable to a major illness."

Despite the claims of modern science, Jyoti and her parents are confident in their decision to stick with traditional medicine.

"Even with the operation, it will not change her life. She will always need to be carried," Jyoti's father, Kishanji Amge, says. "There is no guarantee the operation will be successful."

In regards to the local healer, he says, "We think by coming here, it will take time to get her bones fixed, but it will definitely get her bones fixed. This is better than the hospital. At the hospital, you can spend thousands of rupees and still be stuck in bed for six months or a year. With this medicine, you're fine in less time. You will get better without the need for an operation whatever the fracture is."

For her part, Jyoti says she would not have been able to handle the surgery.

"I couldn't have taken the pain of the operation. Whatever my condition is now, at least I'm able to walk a bit," she says. "I want to move ahead in my life, and I'll try to do that. To keep moving forward. I want to be an actress."

"The World's Smallest Girl" will air 10 pm ET on the National Geographic channel. For more information, click here.

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