Sam Humphrey is in critical condition and struggles for his life as he prepares to undergo very risky surgery.
The 24-year-old actor, who played General Tom Thumb in The Greatest Showman, suffers from complications with Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
His condition has been made worse by his skeletal dysplasia.
Sick: Sam Humphrey is in critical condition and struggles for his life while preparing to undergo a very risky surgery.
"He is currently under the care of some of the best doctors in the world at Cedars Sinai and is undergoing high-risk corrective surgery," his family said in a statement.
The star has already been in the hospital for 'weeks', according to TMZ.
Last year's Greatest Showman was the first paper on the Kiwi big screen.
The film, which also starred Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya, was nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars this year.
Star: The 24-year-old actor, who played General Tom Thumb in The Greatest Showman, suffers complications with Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease
He has also appeared in several episodes of Australian soap Neighbors, as well as in several theatrical productions.
The star of 4 & # 39; 2 "was born with a rare genetic disorder called acrodysplasia, which prevents the proper formation of parts of the skeleton.
Along with his childhood diagnosis of Crohn's disease, he spent most of his life in and out of hospitals; the doctors did not expect him to reach adolescence, let alone adulthood.
He previously revealed that he had attempted suicide several times, but eventually overcame his disability to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.
The real life of General Tom Thumb, whose real name was Charles Stratton, was a famous dwarf played by circus pioneer P.T. Barnum.
Hit: The film, which also starred Hugh Jackman (pictured), Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya, was nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars.