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Actor Ryan Reynolds grants dying five-year boy his greatest wish by FaceTiming terminally-ill youngster in heartwarming footage

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Credits: Getty Images North America © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Images North America Actor Ryan Reynolds granted a five-year-old dying boy's greatest wish by video calling the youngster who has just months to live. 

Ryan is Daniel Downing's hero, so after hearing about the little boy's terminal illness, the actor arranged to take time out of his busy schedule to call him for a chat.

Tear-jerking video footage shows Daniel Downing FaceTiming the celebrity and telling him about being "poorly".

His mum has spoken out about her son's excitement and how fantastic it was, the Plymouth Herald reports.

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Marvel fan Daniel, from Plympton, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour earlier this month and his devastated family are now determined to make his final months as special as possible

Deadpool star Ryan is Daniel's hero and, after hearing about the little boy's terminal illness, the actor arranged to take time out of his busy schedule to call him for a chat.

"Daniel picked up the phone and Ryan asked if he knew who he was," Daniel's mum Stephanie said.

"As soon as Daniel realised, he asked if he could FaceTime him and then he was very, very hyper."

Ryan showed Daniel around the set of Deadpool 2, where he is currently filming, and spoke to him for around 15 minutes before he had to dash to shoot a scene.

"All the camera crew waved hello and Daniel had his Mr Pool t-shirt on (like the Mr Men but for Deadpool).

"Daniel was telling Ryan how poorly he'd been and how his friends had helped him feel better," Stephanie said.

"He had to dash off to film, but that was good really - Daniel gets tired very quickly."

Daniel's mum, step-dad, older brother Jack, and two of the family's baby sitters were all at the family home when the call came in from Ryan and said they were blown away by the actor taking time out to talk to Daniel.

"I messaged his assistant to say how eternally grateful we all are for him taking the time out to talk to Daniel. It was absolutely fantastic," Stephanie said.

"I'm so happy for Daniel - it's something he wouldn't normally have been able to do and he was so excited. He told all his friends and his teachers.

"It's nice to see him so excited because he has been a bit down lately."

Biffy Lynch, who has helped raise thousands of pounds for the family through a JustGiving page , said Daniel is a mischievous, polite, intelligent, innocent and loving boy. 

The 41-year-old, who has been best friends with his mother Stephanie since they both served on HMS Fearless in 1995, said Ryan Reynolds is the youngster's hero.

"Daniel is a massive Marvel fan," she said.

"He loves the films. He really loves Deadpool and anything with superheroes and action.

"We just think it would be amazing if he could get the chance to meet Ryan Reynolds."

Daniel, who is a pupil at Eggbuckland Vale Primary School, is currently being treated in Bristol and after a flying visit to Plymouth, the family are travelling back to the city tonight.

Stephanie, who has been living at the hospital with her son, previously said: "I don't think Daniel has realised what has happened to him. He has been brilliant. I told him he was a lot more poorly than we first thought - not just his eyes but inside as well.

"He just said; 'oh, ok, yeah.' He is just five and doesn't not really understand a great deal of what is going on."

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Speaking about the moment they received the devastating diagnosis, she added: "They thought he had Dwayne's Syndrome and we looked into that and were happy they matched the symptoms he had.

"They gave him a scan last Thursday and discovered a sizable brain tumour. That was not anything we were even considering.

"We were expecting them to say his muscles were a bit tilted and he needed a little op to straighten them out and maybe glasses.

"When I was told I just went numb. The words did not seem to sink in. It is still a bit of a shock and has not sunk in properly yet."

The mum-of-two added: "I keep waiting for my alarm to go off and for it to be a crazy, horrible dream. But part of me knows it is reality and I have got to go and take each day as it comes.

"I know it is a waiting game - and we are just waiting to lose him."

She said that from diagnosis they have been told the most they have is about nine months but they will do everything to try and make it longer.

She continued: "My best friend Biffy has been doing a lot for me. So many other friends have been fantastic and rallying around and saying nice words.

"I am eternally grateful for all the support we have been given and want to say a massive thank you."

The appeal has so far raised £15,000.

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