COLEEN Rooney paid an emotional tribute to her sister Rosie McLoughlin on her 24th birthday.
Rosie died at the age of 14 in 2013 after a lifelong battle with the rare brain disorder Rett, which causes severe disabilities.
Sharing a photo of Rosie and her eldest son Kai, Coleen The photo captioned: “Happy birthday to our very special angel Rosie.
“The best sister and the best aunt 👼🏼❤️ #24today”.
After sharing her tribute, Coleen was inundated with messages from friends and followers on social media.
One wrote: “Happy 24th birthday Rosie”.
“What a beautiful photo ❤️”, another commented. “Aww bless. Nice picture xx”.
A third person shared: “Happy Birthday Angel 👼🏼🌹Rosie! Forever in our hearts ❤️🩹❤️🩹❤️🩹xxx”.
Rosie was originally raised at the age of two by her parents Coleen, Tony and Colette.
They knew she was disabled but it took several years for people to realize how serious her condition was.
“When Rosie arrived, she could crawl, and although she couldn’t use her hands to the point where she would hold the toy on her playmat and she could eat,” Coleen wrote in Mail on Sunday in 2006.
“But for a while she stopped crawling and lost the use of her hands. Then she started having problems swallowing food.
“It took quite a few years for Rosie to be diagnosed and looking back, I can see Mom was trying to figure out what was wrong with her and trying to do what was best for her.”
Last year, Coleen missed her younger siblings on Instagram by sharing a candid black and white photo of them smiling together.
The author of Welcome To My World attached the touching photo with poignant captions, in which Coleen says she wishes her youngest sons could see her.
She wrote: “8 years since our Rosie got angel wings and flew to heaven to jump and run free.
“My boys always talk about you Ro, wish they could meet you. Love and miss you every day.”
A few days before Rosie’s death, as her condition worsened, Coleen and her family cut their vacation in Barbados short.
She said at the time: “So glad we ended our short break, due to her deteriorating health and we were able to spend our last days with her and her family. we.”
“Sleep well Rosie Mc x. We love you more than words can say x.”
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