The Greatest Showman star Sam Humphrey, 24, is said to be “fighting for his life” as he prepares to undergo a high-risk surgery.
The actor, who played General Tom Thumb in the hit musical, has suffered complications from Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
His condition is said to have been made worse by his skeletal dysplasia.
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In a statement given to TMZ, Sam’s family said: “He is currently under the care of the best doctors in the World at Cedars Sinai and is undergoing high-risk corrective surgery.”
The website added that the actor, who starred alongside Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron in the film, has been in hospital for “weeks”.
According to reports, Sam, who has also appeared on Neighbours, was born with a rare genetic disorder called acrodysplasia.
He is said to have spent a “lifetime” visiting hospitals and doctors’ offices for operations and tests and was not expected to reach his teenage years.
Last year Sam landed a role in The Greatest Showman, which was nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Oscars.
Opening up on starring alongside Hugh Jackman in the film. he said: “Hugh is very radiant, majestic and tall; no wonder I always look up to him (just a short joke, double pun!)
“But seriously he’s truly a legend! Can’t wait to work with him again.”
More recently the New Zealander stared in the TV movie Jeremy The Dud.