When father Jason Kneen started a Twitter thread about his daughter Rosie, he chose a simple premise.
“My child has Down’s Syndrome, what should I expect?”
“This. 100% this,” Mr Kneen wrote, sharing a picture of his daughter Rosie smiling ear to ear in a kitten-covered coat.
“Also expect this,” he tweeted again with a picture of his daughter, seemingly younger, smiling with a towel on top of her head.
He added: “#Wouldntchangeathing.”
"My child has Down's Syndrome, what should I expect?"
This. 100% this. pic.twitter.com/vo0Bu0Eoxp
— Jason Kneen (@jasonkneen) February 21, 2019
The two initial posts from the UK dad garnered an incredible reaction, with more than 67,000 likes and close to 6000 retweets in less than 24 hours.
Following the immense support on Twitter, Mr Kneen added more, saying he was “totally not ready for a child like Rosie”.
But things changed once he got to know his daughter and saw how special she was.
“Quickly I realised that any child can be slow to talk; slow to walk; have learning difficulties,” Mr Kneen tweeted.
“Any child can be brilliant & wonderful and amazing.”
Mr Kneen detailed the health battles his daughter had “bravely” fought, including pneumonia, and the joy she brought to his family.
“She continues to enjoy life, every day, and reminds us and me how fun it all is,” he tweeted.
While in the hospital for one of her illnesses, Mr Kneen said he and his daughter watched Moana daily, prompting Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to tweet at his little fan.
“Stay strong Rosie!” he tweeted.
“Uncle Maui loves ya. What can I saaaaayy (sic) except you’re welcome.”
Look at this lovely cookie. Stay strong Rosie! Uncle Maui loves ya🖤
What can I saaaaayy except you’re welcome 😉 https://t.co/C9kuzPfCKQ
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 23, 2019
In reply to Mr Kneen’s thread, Twitter erupted with pictures of what he dubbed Rosie’s “extended DS (Down syndrome) family”.
There were dozens of other smiling pictures of toddlers and kids with Down Syndrome from across the globe.
The entire thread seems to have made for a heartwarming story in a particularly cruel news cycle.
“You give me faith in humanity,” one Twitter user wrote.
“I hope your family is rewarded with happiness.”
“It’s been an amazing experience with a massively, positive response,” Mr Kneen tweeted.