The tiny teenager who is 3ft tall and looking for love

Posted: February 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

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*** EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO AVAILABLE *** HUGO, MN - AUGUST 23: Hannah poses for a picture with her best friends Heidi Melgren (L), 19, and Emily Tofte (R), 19 outside her home on August 23, 2013 in Hugo, Minnesota. ëNo use without inclusion of the plug * Little and Looking for Love is on Wednesday February 11, 9pm, on TLC' TINY teenager Hannah Kritzeck loves singing, ballet and dancing to hip-hop, despite being just 39in tall. The 19-year-old was born with primordial dwarfism, a rare condition that only affects about 100 people in the world, which causes short stature and health problems, including the threat of brain aneurysms and a shortened life-span. Hannah, who wears childrenís size four shoes, has to bravely face the reality of her condition, while also dealing with the normal teenage challenges. A new film follows Hannah as she prepares for graduation from high school, choosing a career, dreaming about boys and finding a date for her end of year prom. The bubbly teen, who weighs just over two stone, also spends her free time taking hip-hop and ballet classes and has her own voice coach.  Hannah was adopted by Jackie and Larry Kritzeck at birth and grew up in Minnesota, USA, but she soon learned her normal teenage experiences were going to be different from those of her friends. Her condition comes with many medical needs including annual MRI scans to check for the possibility of brain aneurysms and because her teeth and mouth are so small she has dental implants. She also developed scoliosis and had two titanium rods placed in her back when she was young. But despite the limitations posed by her condition, Hannah has never let it get in the way of her passion for dancing. * Little and Looking for Love is on Wednesday February 11, 9pm, on TLC PHOTOGRAPH BY Laurentiu Garofeanu / Barcroft USA UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com Hannah poses for a picture with her best friends Heidi Melgren (L), 19, and Emily Tofte (R), 19 (Picture: Barcroft)

This is 19-year-old Hannah Kritzeck, a teenager from Minnesota, who is determined to find love.

Hannah, who was adopted as a baby by Jackie and Larry Kritzeck, suffers from an extremely rare condition called ‘primordial dwarfism’ which means she is only 39 inches tall (3ft 2ins).

The condition is so rare only 100 people in the world are believed to have it.

*** EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO AVAILABLE *** HUGO, MN - AUGUST 23: Hanna poses for a picture with her best friends Heidy Melgren, 19 and Emily Tofte, 19 on August 23, 2013 in Hugo, Minnesota. ëNo use without inclusion of the plug * Little and Looking for Love is on Wednesday February 11, 9pm, on TLC' TINY teenager Hannah Kritzeck loves singing, ballet and dancing to hip-hop, despite being just 39in tall. The 19-year-old was born with primordial dwarfism, a rare condition that only affects about 100 people in the world, which causes short stature and health problems, including the threat of brain aneurysms and a shortened life-span. Hannah, who wears childrenís size four shoes, has to bravely face the reality of her condition, while also dealing with the normal teenage challenges. A new film follows Hannah as she prepares for graduation from high school, choosing a career, dreaming about boys and finding a date for her end of year prom. The bubbly teen, who weighs just over two stone, also spends her free time taking hip-hop and ballet classes and has her own voice coach.  Hannah was adopted by Jackie and Larry Kritzeck at birth and grew up in Minnesota, USA, but she soon learned her normal teenage experiences were going to be different from those of her friends. Her condition comes with many medical needs including annual MRI scans to check for the possibility of brain aneurysms and because her teeth and mouth are so small she has dental implants. She also developed scoliosis and had two titanium rods placed in her back when she was young. But despite the limitations posed by her condition, Hannah has never let it get in the way of her passion for dancing. * Little and Looking for Love is on Wednesday February 11, 9pm, on TLC PHOTOGRAPH BY Laurentiu Garofeanu / Barcroft USA UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com Hannah poses for a picture with her best friends Heidy Melgren, 19 and Emily Tofte, 19 (Picture: Barcroft)

*** EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO AVAILABLE *** HUGO, MN - AUGUST 23: Hanna poses for a picture with her best friends Heidy Melgren, 19 and Emily Tofte, 19 on August 23, 2013 in Hugo, Minnesota. ëNo use without inclusion of the plug * Little and Looking for Love is on Wednesday February 11, 9pm, on TLC' TINY teenager Hannah Kritzeck loves singing, ballet and dancing to hip-hop, despite being just 39in tall. The 19-year-old was born with primordial dwarfism, a rare condition that only affects about 100 people in the world, which causes short stature and health problems, including the threat of brain aneurysms and a shortened life-span. Hannah, who wears childrenís size four shoes, has to bravely face the reality of her condition, while also dealing with the normal teenage challenges. A new film follows Hannah as she prepares for graduation from high school, choosing a career, dreaming about boys and finding a date for her end of year prom. The bubbly teen, who weighs just over two stone, also spends her free time taking hip-hop and ballet classes and has her own voice coach.  Hannah was adopted by Jackie and Larry Kritzeck at birth and grew up in Minnesota, USA, but she soon learned her normal teenage experiences were going to be different from those of her friends. Her condition comes with many medical needs including annual MRI scans to check for the possibility of brain aneurysms and because her teeth and mouth are so small she has dental implants. She also developed scoliosis and had two titanium rods placed in her back when she was young. But despite the limitations posed by her condition, Hannah has never let it get in the way of her passion for dancing. * Little and Looking for Love is on Wednesday February 11, 9pm, on TLC PHOTOGRAPH BY Laurentiu Garofeanu / Barcroft USA UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com Hanna poses for a picture with her best friends Heidy Melgren, 19 and Emily Tofte, 19  (Picture: Barcroft)

Primordial dwarfism caused short stature and dozens of other health problems including the threat of brain aneurysms and a shortened life span.

*** EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO AVAILABLE *** HUGO, MN - UNDATED: A collect photograph of Hannah's family - Kelly, Mark,Jackie Matt Larry in 1997. ëNo use without inclusion of the plug * Little and Looking for Love is on Wednesday February 11, 9pm, on TLC' TINY teenager Hannah Kritzeck loves singing, ballet and dancing to hip-hop, despite being just 39in tall. The 19-year-old was born with primordial dwarfism, a rare condition that only affects about 100 people in the world, which causes short stature and health problems, including the threat of brain aneurysms and a shortened life-span. Hannah, who wears childrenís size four shoes, has to bravely face the reality of her condition, while also dealing with the normal teenage challenges. A new film follows Hannah as she prepares for graduation from high school, choosing a career, dreaming about boys and finding a date for her end of year prom. The bubbly teen, who weighs just over two stone, also spends her free time taking hip-hop and ballet classes and has her own voice coach.  Hannah was adopted by Jackie and Larry Kritzeck at birth and grew up in Minnesota, USA, but she soon learned her normal teenage experiences were going to be different from those of her friends. Her condition comes with many medical needs including annual MRI scans to check for the possibility of brain aneurysms and because her teeth and mouth are so small she has dental implants. She also developed scoliosis and had two titanium rods placed in her back when she was young. But despite the limitations posed by her condition, Hannah has never let it get in the way of her passion for dancing. * Little and Looking for Love is on Wednesday February 11, 9pm, on TLC PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft USA UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com Hannah’s family – Kelly, Mark, Jackie, Matt Larry, in 1997 (Picture: Barcroft)

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