Dwayne Johnson Gets 'Teary Eyed' Upon Meeting 1-Year-Old Fan Who Got Open Heart Surgery

by Jackie Willis 11:27 AM PDT, April 08, 2016
Playing Dwayne Johnson Gets 'Teary Eyed' Upon Meeting 1-Year-Old Fan Who Got Open Heart Surgery

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was really moved by one of his youngest fans while shooting Baywatch in Savannah, Georgia, on Thursday.

The 43-year-old actor stopped to pose for a photo with 1-year-old Sally Walker Collins and her family, and in turn, was inspired by their story. "When she was five months old, [Sally] had open heart surgery and has been an inspiring lil' fighter since that day," Johnson shared on Instagram. "Her mama, Sarah here was so grateful we had a chance to meet and got teary eyed when talking about her baby and said something so simple, powerful and true. 'If Sally can fight thru this, then we can do anything.' Amen. Yes you can."

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The meet-and-greet even made the former WWE wrestler emotional. "Real pleasure meeting this great family and, if by remote chance I got teary eyed too when she was talking about her daughter's struggle, it's a good thing I had my shades on so no one would see," he quipped. "But, of course, I never cry 'cause I'm too tough for that stuff. I'm just sayin' if I did, I was prepared."

Johnson left his new friend with a sweet message: "Stay strong lil' Sally. You're a heart warrior and you have many many more birthdays to enjoy. And remember, Uncle DJ is the coolest."

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This isn't the first time The Rock has shown his sensitive side. Check out this adorable video of the action star feeding his newborn daughter, Jasmine.