Coleen Rooney pays tribute to late sister Rosie on 22nd birthday

‘We miss you so much’: Coleen Rooney pays an emotional tribute to her late sister Rosie on what would have been her 22nd birthday

Coleen Rooney has honoured the memory of little sister Rosie on what would have been her 22nd birthday.

The wife of footballer Wayne took to social media on Sunday to share a snap of her sister sitting on mother Colette McLoughlin’s knee as the pair share a laugh.

She was left heartbroken after ‘special angel’ Rosie lost her battle with Rett Syndrome, a rare brain disorder that causes severe disabilities, in January 2013 at the age of 14.

Memories: Coleen, the wife of footballer Wayne Rooney, took to social media on Saturday to share a snap of her sister sitting on mother Colette McLoughlin’s knee as the pair share a laugh

In her tribute she wrote: ‘Happy Birthday to our Rosie. We love and miss you so much Ro ❤️.’

Coleen, 32, also recently shared sweet memories of her adopted sibling as she marked seven years since she passed away.

The Scouse beauty captioned the set of family-filled photographs: ‘7 years…….Keep shining Ro xxxxx’ followed by a heart emoji.

Thinking of you: Coleen Rooney honoured the memory of little sister Rosie on what would have been her 22nd birthday

Devastated: Coleen was left heartbroken after ‘special angel’ Rosie lost her battle with Rett Syndrome, a rare brain disorder that causes severe disabilities, in January 2013 at the age of 14

Hundreds have since shared their sympathies and condolences with the television personality.

Presenter Lizzie Cundy wrote: ‘God bless dear Rosie . Thinking of you all’

Natalie Patten added: ‘Thinking of you all. I remember how loved Rosie was and the best gift you can give a child. Shine bright Rosie.’

Zoe Longhurst shared her own experiences of the brain disorder: ‘My niece has Rett Syndrome its horrible to see it happen to people so young & feeling helpless for them but on the other hand so happy to have them here with us x.’ 

Tribute: Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Coleen Rooney, 32, made sure the memory of her little sister Rosie was honoured by sharing an image of her, with a heartbreaking message

Heartbroken: Rosie lost her battle with Rett Syndrome, a rare brain disorder that causes severe disabilities, in January 2013 at the age of 14  – pictured in 2006

Coleen was said to idolise her adopted sister and chose Rosie as chief bridesmaid when she married Wayne in 2008.

Rosie was originally taken in as a foster child by Coleen’s parents, bricklayer Tony and Colette, a former nursery nurse, when she was two. Although they were aware she was disabled they did not know the full extent of her condition, which has no cure. 

In an exclusive article for The Mail on Sunday in 2006, Coleen wrote: ‘When Rosie arrived she could crawl, and even though she couldn’t use her hands that much she would handle toys on her play mat and she could eat.

Tears: ‘Happy Birthday to our Rosie. We love and miss you so much Ro ❤️’ wrote for her tribute

Best friends: Coleen was said to idolise her adopted sister and chose Rosie as chief bridesmaid when she married Wayne in 2008

‘But over a period of time she stopped crawling and lost what use of her hands she had. Then she started having problems swallowing her food. 

‘It took pretty much a year for Rosie to be diagnosed and, looking back, I can see how much Mum pushed to find out what was wrong with her and to try to do what was best for her.’ 

In a statement released shortly after her death, Tony and Colette wrote: ‘Sadly our special angel Rosie, our much-loved daughter and sister, went to Heaven at 2.50 this morning at home where she was surrounded by her loving family.

‘Rosie was just 14 years old and fought a lifelong battle with Rett syndrome. Throughout her life she brought so much love and happiness to all our family and everyone who knew and met her.

Devastated: The wife of Everton striker Wayne Rooney was heartbroken after ‘special angel’ sister Rosie lost her battle with Rett Syndrome

‘She was such a strong little girl and an inspiration to us all. We shall cherish for ever the memories we have shared and the love she showed us each and every day of her life. As a family we are heartbroken but we are blessed to have had her in our lives.’

Coleen had been on holiday in Barbados with her younger brothers, Joe and Anthony, but cut short the trip when she heard that Rosie’s condition had deteriorated. 

Taking to Twitter to express her sorrow shortly after her passing, she wrote: ‘We are absolutely heartbroken to have lost our angel Rosie.

‘So glad we ended our holiday short, due to her deteriorating & we was able to spend the last few days together with her and our family! Sleep tight Rosie Mc x. We love you more than words can say x.’

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