Sam Humphrey, who starred in The Greatest Showman, is ‘fighting for his life’ as he prepares for a risky operation in Los Angeles.
Sam played Charles Stratton, aka General Tom Thumb, in the hit musical. He suffers from Crohn’s disease and skeletal dysplasia, also known as dwarfism, which affects bone and cartilage growth.
Crohn’s is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, and the actor’s Crohn’s is reportedly made worse by his skeletal dysplasia.
According to TMZ, the 24-year-old, originally from New Zealand, has been in an LA hospital for the past few weeks receiving treatment, where he’s now preparing for an ‘extremely risky’ surgery.
The Greatest Showman was Sam’s first big screen role, where his character was based on a real actor who lived in the 1800s. The actor has previously starred in several episodes of Australian soap Neighbours.
The 2017 musical, which also starred Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya, was nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Oscars.