By Hannah Roberts
She faces a daily battle against a rare genetic disorder that means she may never grow up to fulfill her dreams.
But sick teenager Hana Hwang has now been able to realise one important ambition-to meet her hero, singer Selena Gomez.
The 13-year-old who suffers from progeria, a condition that causes children to age prematurely, was stunned when when her favourite star visited her in her LA hospital in December.
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Pop idol: Sick teenager Hana Hwang has now been able to realise one important dream-to meet her hero-singer Selena Gomez
And now a video tribute she made to thank the singer for her visit has gone viral, making Hana a virtual celebrity in her own right.
Progeria is an incurable disorder that causes children to age eight to ten times faster than the average person .
The ailment is so rare that only about ten children in the US are affected. They survive on average just 13 years, Hana’s age.
The sick teen had dreamed about meeting the 'Love You Like A Love Song' singer, and listens to her song 'Who Says' on repeat to give her strength during treatment sessions.
The lyrics 'I'm no beauty queen. I'm just beautiful me. You got every right to a beautiful life,' especially strike a chord with the 13 year old, the hospital said.
The Selena, who was contacted by Ryan Seacrest about her young fan, visited Hana at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).
Touching tribute: Hana, pictured here at her work station, wanted to thank Selena for visiting by making her a bracelet and a video message
Friendship ties: Hana holds up the matching bracelets she has made for herself and the star. Her tiny one is on the right
Hana was so shocked to meet her pop idol that she was dunmb struck, her tutor Sara Kim told Ryan Seacrest’s Kiss show afterwards.
The brave patient told her tutor that she couldn’t speak because she was afraid she would cry and ‘look like a baby’
But later she wanted to thank the teenage starlet, who is dating Justin Bieber, by making her a bracelet and a video message.
Big hearted: Selena visited Hana in hospital in LA in December after Ryan Seacrest put them in contact
Caring: This week the singer posted this picture compilation of Hana and her on Twitter writing 'This is my #iwontgiveup photo. Hana is so beautiful and one of the most incredible people I've met. Love you'
The poignant accolade to Selena was posted on the Children's Hospital’s YouTube channel, and immediately went viral, clocking up more than 1.5 million views.
The footage, shot in her hospital bed, shows Hana making bead bracelets for herself and the singer, her own tiny bracelet a third of the size of Selena’s, a touching reminder of the teen’s devastating diagnosis.
The dedicated fan also explains how she painstakingly copies the lyrics of Selena's songs into her diary.
When asked what Selena means to her, Hana said, 'She's my hero, because she's a singer as well as an actress and she has been on both TV shows and movies.'
And the singer hasn't forgotten her either. This week Selena posted a picture compilation of Hana and her on Twitter writing 'This is my #iwontgiveup photo. Hana is so beautiful and one of the most incredible people I've met. Love you'.
Starlet: Actress and singer Selena is dating singer Justin Bieber
Glamour girl: Selena poses on arrival at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles
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Friday, February 10, 2012
By Hannah Roberts