Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson sends heartwarming message to little girl with Down's syndrome

'Uncle Maui loves ya'

Sarah Young
Tuesday 26 February 2019 10:32
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Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, has sent a heartwarming message to a little girl with Down’s syndrome on Twitter.

Jason Kneen, a father-of-five from Wiltshire, started a Twitter thread about his youngest daughter Rosie.

“’My child has Down syndrome, what can I expect?’ This. 100% this,” he wrote alongside a picture of Rosie smiling.

“Also expect this,” he tweeted again, with a picture of his daughter with a towel on top of her head.

“#Wouldntchangeathing.”

After the two posts garnered an incredible reaction, receiving more than 88,000 likes, Kneen continued to share more about his daughter’s journey, including her many hospital visits and love of the film Moana.

Alongside a picture of Rosie using assisted oxygen and watching the Disney movie, Kneen wrote: “Rosie and I became thick as thieves over that time and watched Moana together many times and EVERY SINGLE DAY – thanks @TheRock for teaching me all the songs – Rosie was so brave, and so strong.”

Johnson, who voiced the character Maui in the film, spotted Kneen’s posts and tweeted: “Look at this lovely cookie.

“Stay strong Rosie! Uncle Maui loves ya. What can I saaaaayy except you’re welcome.”

Kneen has since said he thought it was “really cool” for the actor to send Rosie a message.

He also explained how he received an overwhelming number of messages from people thanking him for sharing Rosie’s story, with many who had recently found out they were expecting a baby with Down’s syndrome saying it had provided comfort.

”We just got on with it. She’s amazing,” Kneen told the BBC.

“We’ve been through some difficulties like anybody, but she makes up for it every day when she smiles at you like that and wants to watch Moana all the time.”

In response to Kneen’s threat, Twitter users began sharing stories of their own experiences of having children with Down’s syndrome.

“Expect more joy and hugs that will make your heart explode #TheLuckyFew” one parent wrote.

Another added: “Expect your life and your heart to open up in ways you’d never imagined.”

A third wrote: “I teach children with Down’s syndrome. They are tenacious, witty and full of joy.

“They could teach all of us a thing or two about how to live.”

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