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Video: Shortest bus driver's aim to inspire others to 'not give up' after achieving record

Saturday 04/August/2018 - 11:01 AM
Frank Faeek Hachem
Frank Faeek Hachem
Edited by: Yara Sameh
A bus driver who is 1.36 m tall says he hopes to inspire others to "not give up" and help others achieve their aims after entering the record books، Guinness world records reported.

Frank Faeek Hachem works in Chichester، West Sussex، UK، and now holds the Guinness World Records title for the Shortest bus driver.

Frank has achondroplasia، a common form of dwarfism، but he has never let his height hold him back.

At 55 years old، Frank measures 136.2 cm (4 ft 5.6 in). Originally from Iraq، he moved to the UK over 20 years ago، and has been a professional bus driver for a year and a half.

He hopes that by achieving the title and showing he is able to perform the same job as anyone else، he can inspire others to believe in themselves.

After applying to drive buses as a challenge to himself، he passed all the training with flying colours، and can now drive all types of buses.

The bus requires no alterations - Frank just has to make sure the seat is pulled forward and the steering wheel is adjusted.

Frank enjoys his job، and says the best bit about it is the people he works with.

"I enjoy my passengers، I enjoy my colleagues، my friends، all the people that are around me".

"Being a short person، of course you've got difficulties. But I am a fighter، I never give up، and I always make sure I get on with things; with life. I always look at myself as just a normal human being."

Frank is married with two daughters، and the family live in Havant، Hampshire.

"My family are very excited for what I've done، they feel so proud of me!"

"My two daughters are my joy and pride، and I've done this for them and the whole family."

Apart from his family، Frank has two other main sources of inspiration.

"The two people who have inspired me are Warwick Davis and Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking gave so much to this world، and Warwick Davis is still giving so much back to the community."

By achieving a Guinness World Records title، Frank hopes to provide inspiration for other less-abled persons، and show them that achieving a record is entirely possible; whoever you are.

"To achieve a Guinness World Records title means so much to me، it means I've done something special. My advice to people with disabilities and people that face difficulties is to not to give up، keep going، and you'll achieve what you want to do. I'm going to concentrate on my record and try to help other people to achieve different things."

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