LAST_UPDATESun, 15 Jul 2018 9pm

Man Finally Cuts His Fingernails After 66 Years But Is Now Handicapped

Pic: ReutersPic: Reuters

He might hold the world record for the World's Longest Fingernails On One Hand but the acclaim has come at a high price for this Indian national.

Shridhar Chillal, from Pune, India, had been growing his nails on his left hand since 1952 after he was scolded at the age of 14 for accidentally breaking his school teacher's long fingernail.

According to The Guardian, the teacher told Shridhar that he would not understand the amount of care to grow a fingernail long unless he tried it himself.

The 88-year-old certainly took his teacher's words to heart as the total length of his fingernails combined when it was last measured was 909.6cm, a massive difference from when he first appeared on the Guinness World Records in 1979 when his nails measured a combined length of 219.7cm.

Individually, his longest nail was on his thumb measuring 197.8cm.

Pic: Guinness World RecordsPic: Guinness World Records
Despite the difficulties he faced when growing his nails, as Shridhar had told Guinness World Records that he needed to be careful when sleeping for fear he they would break, he managed to become a photographer, utilising a customised handle to accommodate his long nails when using the camera.

But years of growing his nails had taken its toll as the weight of the nails left his hand permanently handicapped where he cannot open his hand from a closed position or flex his fingers.

"I am in pain. With every heart beat all five fingers, my wrist, elbow and shoulder are hurting a lot and the tip of the nail there's a burning sensation always," he said, as reported by Guinness World Records.

Shridhar attempted to cut off his nails using regular clippers but it proved futile so he flew to New York to get a doctor to remove them, a process which Patch New York reports involved a hand-held power grinder and took about 20 minutes.

The historic nail-cutting event took place at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square, New York, where his nails are currently on display as he told Patch New York, "Now, forever my nails will be remembered and forever my nails will be seen by people from all over the world."