John Cena surprises a Ukrainian teen with Down Syndrome and spends very special time with him

John Cena surprises a Ukrainian teen with Down Syndrome and spends very special time with him

Misha's mother convinced him to go with them promising him that they were on their way to meet his hero, John Cena.

A Ukrainian refugee family fleeing the Russian invasion faced the unusual difficulty of convincing their 19-year-old with Down syndrome that they needed to leave the country.

Misha Rohozhyn had a breakdown in a bomb shelter as the voices of missiles and commotion triggered him. He yelled so loudly that everyone else in the basement, which held over 1,000 people, became quiet, per Wall Street Journal

This sudden and drastic shift agitated Misha but his mother, Liana, had a unique idea to convince him to go with them. She informed him that they were on their way to see his hero, WWE champion, and film and television sensation John Cena. She told WSJ, "Usual life has been destroyed, you have to adapt to new circumstances, and that is very hard” for people with certain disabilities.



Misha was relieved to learn that he would get to meet his idol and word of the family's story reached John Cena, per God Daily Dot. He took the plane to Amsterdam to see Misha and his family. WWE posted a video in which John Cena said, "When I read about Misha’s story, it reached out to me — not just Misha’s story, but the story of Misha’s mom as well. Having three days off from work right at the time when I read this story, and being an hour away by air, it turned immediately into, ‘We’re going.’ "

He further added, "And that means spending an afternoon building blocks and eating cake. That’s a special afternoon when it comes to the new friends I was able to meet." The video footage in the post shows Cena meeting Misha and greeting him with a handshake and an embrace. 



He spoke to Misha in the video, "I’ve come a long way to see you. I’ve heard many things about you." John Cena can be seen wearing his "Never Give Up" branded green t-shirt and baseball cap. Later in the visit, he handed Misha the t-shirt and baseball cap as a gift, and he wore them. Cena also gave Misha a WWE Championship belt, with which he posed for photos.

Near the end of the video, Misha's mother expresses gratitude to Cena for coming to see her kid. John Cena shared the video with the caption, "What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. Misha and his mother, Liana define #NeverGiveUp. Thank you to the @WSJ and @WWE who helped make this special visit possible."



Estimates of the number of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities vary widely throughout the world, largely depending on how the term is defined. However, estimates range between 1% to 3% of the population, which might represent as many as 1.3 million individuals from pre-war Ukraine. 

Sofiya Hrechukh, a psychiatrist in West Ukraine, says patients with intellectual and developmental problems who arrive from war-torn Kharkiv are the most agitated she sees. She said, "It is just impossible for them to realize that there is no home now, nothing left from their previous lives."

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