Dwayne Johnson visits sick kids
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson visited sick children in hospital yesterday (12.03.16).
The 43-year-old actor took time out from filming the 'Baywatch' movie to visit patients in a nearby paediatric ward and was delighted to meet with the youngsters, their families and the staff.
He posted on Instagram alongside a picture of himself bumping fists with a young patient: ""We shot #BAYWATCH scenes at Memorial Health Hospital and thought I'd pop up to the ward.
"Awesome experience and THANK YOU to all the hard working and caring staff who helped make this visit possible. To all the kids I met - you guys keep smiling and staying strong. All the mamas and daddy's I met, y'all stay strong too.(sic)"
And the 'Furious 7' star - who has daughter Simone, 14, with ex-wife Dany Garcia, and Jasmine, three months, with girlfriend Lauren Hashian - had production on his movie put on hold so he could also take time to visit a teenager after his mother "pleaded" with film staff that the former wrestler go see her son, who wasn't a patient on the children's ward.
He wrote in another Instagram post: "While I was visiting the Pediatric Specialty Ward surprising the kids, I got word from my team that there was a mom who was pleading with our production staff, that I go upstairs to her son's room to give him a much needed big surprise. Since he's older he's in the main hospital and not in pediatric care.
"We were shooting #BAYWATCH scenes outside of the hospital, but instead of heading back to shoot I called the audible, put production on hold and went upstairs to see this young man. I walked in and his smile lit up the room! And I mean lit that room up!;)
"We talked for a while about his family, his school and how hard he's working to eventually graduate AND we talked about how COOL all his scars are from his multiple surgeries - from his head to his chest - those scars are badges of honor and the reminder of how beyond tough this kid is.
"Right before I left his mom looked at him and said, "Christopher I can't give you anything, but I'm so happy I could give you this today..." and she started to break down, which was captured in this pic.
"Made me think to give so much credit to these parents who would do anything to take their kid's pain away and ANYTHING to bring a smile to their faces. As a papa bear I understand.
"Glad this mom brought a smile to Christopher's face. And glad I got a chance to shake the hand of this very strong and inspiring young man. Stay strong Christopher and show them scars with pride. You're the man! (sic)"