"I am one of the shortest people I (Credit: Photo by Frank Koester)

"I am one of the shortest people I know," says Lenny Roth, who has a rare genetic bone disorder that stunted his height.

Lenny Roth's bone-lengthening procedure

"I am one of the shortest people I
(Credit: Photo by Frank Koester)

"I am one of the shortest people I know," says Lenny Roth, who has a rare genetic bone disorder that stunted his height.

Roth's bones are being lengthened in a millimeter-by-millimeter
(Credit: Photo by Frank Koester)

Roth's bones are being lengthened in a millimeter-by-millimeter mechanical process that will make him taller.

A sophomore at the University of Connecticut majoring
(Credit: Photo by Frank Koester)

A sophomore at the University of Connecticut majoring in accounting, Roth has taken a leave of absence to undergo bone-lengthening, a technique performed for a variety of reasons.

As a youngster, Roth said, being taller wasn't
(Credit: Photo by Frank Koester)

As a youngster, Roth said, being taller wasn't important: "I just wanted to go outside and play. But when I went to college it did become an issue. I am one of the shortest people I know."