A “Moana” Fan With Down Syndrome Got The Attention Of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson just loves surprising people.

Rosie Kneen, a little girl with Down Syndrome and a huge “Moana” fan, got hooked at the animated movie while she was at the hospital battling pneumonia in 2017, watching it every single day.

Her father, Jason, seeing how big of a fan Rosie is, decided to ask the actor who happens to voice one of the main characters in the movie, Maui, send a message to his little daughter.

And it didn’t take long for the wrestler-turned-actor to reply, and send love to Rosie from ‘Uncle Maui.’

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Photo Credit: Jason Kneen/Instagram

Jason Kneen shared Rosie’s story in a Twitter thread, and at the same time grabbing the chance to spread awareness and promote Down Syndrome, inviting the world to look more into the condition.

Along with the story, the proud father shared an adorable picture of Rosie with a breathing tube, writing:

Rosie I and 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.

The following day, the Hollywood actor replied to Jason’s post and send his love to Rosie. I mean, who could resist that adorable face. He wrote:

Look at this lovely cookie. Stay strong Rosie! Uncle Maui loves ya. What can I saaaaayy except you’re welcome.

Jason and Rosie most likely got the reference, however, for those who haven’t watched the movie yet, “You’re Welcome” is the song Maui sings at the beginning of his journey to redemption in which he meets Moana.

On his Twitter thread, Jason wrote:

I was totally NOT ready for a child like Rosie. It was a shock when she was born and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t take it well initially.

Part of that was the matter-of-fact process that happens where you’re bombarded with documentation and booklets and basically “manuals” on “what’s wrong and going to go wrong with your child”.

It’s devastating to hear how your child’s life has already been predicted and mapped out. All children are different — how can ANYONE predict their future?

Now, thanks to his tweet, other parents are also sharing their stories and pictures of their children with the same syndrome as Rosie, always making sure to tell the world that they’re living their lives to the fullest and that their lives do not differ from the children without disabilities.

Jason wrapped up saying it didn’t take him long to realize that many children have learning difficulties and that “any child can be slow to talk; slow to walk” but also that “any child can be brilliant and wonderful and amazing. ”

He also shared pictures of Rosie during her hospital days, as well as other pictured from now, fully recovered and attending school.

Stories like these just melt our hearts completely. We wish little Rosie a healthy life ahead.

 

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