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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson surprises Savannah children's ward after 'Baywatch' shoot

Once again, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is proving that his heart might actually be the biggest muscle on his body.

The actor took a break from filming "Baywatch" to visit the children’s ward at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday. His workout for the day? To pump some… joy into the lives of sick children.

So I called an audible and went to visit Christopher. Glad we did... 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 breakdown, 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! ~ DJ

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“Gotta tell ya little stuff like this will always be the best part of fame,” wrote Johnson. “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.”

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Johnson didn't stop at just one visit to the hospital either. After his initial visit, Johnson heard that a patient named Christopher was too old for the children's ward, but could really use a surprise from the actor. While "Baywatch" was shooting outside Sunday, Johnson wrote on Instagram, he asked for a break between shoots to go visit the young man.

So I called an audible and went to visit Christopher. Glad we did... 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 breakdown, 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! ~ DJ

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The two bonded over Christopher's surgery scars, which Johnson called "battle scars." "Those scars are badges of honor and the reminder of how tough this kid is," Johnson wrote. He ended the post with a reflection on his visit: "I'm glad I got a chance to shake the hand of this very strong and inspiring young man."

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As a dad himself — he has a 14-year-old daughter, Simone, and a 3-month old, Jasmine — it’s no surprise that Johnson made time for the wee ones ones of Savannah. The Rock’s softer side tends to come out when kids are involved, whether he’s serenading his newborn on Instagram or getting emotional about his eldest on Oprah.

"When I held her when she was born, I held her in these two hands and I said to her, 'I will always, always take care of you,” he said of Simone in a November interview on ‘Oprah’s Master Class.’ For the rest of your life, you will be safe.'"

That goes for the animal kingdom, too — there was the time he saved a dog from drowning, and donated $1500 to help an abandoned puppy get life-saving surgery.

The Rock: Actor, wrestler, and protector of children and animals. We’d say that legacy is pretty … rockin’.

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