The story behind the dancing nana videoSave
By Scott Yeoman
On Thursday morning Jarryd Stoneman started the day by asking his great-grandmother for a dance.
For about a year the 23-year-old has been the fulltime carer for his 93-year-old nana, Katie Thomas, and this week everyone got a sneak peek into their morning routine.
"Every morning I go in there and say good morning, turn the radio on. But that morning I asked her for a dance, and I just thought I would record it."
Stoneman shared it with five members of his family on Facebook, saying: "Asked nanny for a dance, she can't remember much but she still knows how to move."
The footage shows the two dancing to 7 Years by Lukas Graham. At one point, Stoneman pauses to kiss his great-grandmother on the cheek and the top of the head.
"Everyone loves my nana, so I knew it was going to get a good response within the family," he told the Herald on Sunday yesterday. "But I had no idea that this was going to happen."
The dance video went viral and has had 7.6 million views and been shared more than 29,500 times on Facebook. Stoneman, from Paraparaumu, says strangers from all around the world have sent him messages.
"It's just overwhelming. There are people who thank me for a moment that they never got to share with their nana. One person said her nana died three years ago on that day and she was grateful that I could make her smile on a day like that."
Nana Thomas is from his mum's side of the family and has had Alzheimers for about 12 years.
His grandma used to care for his nana but has emphysema and couldn't care for her anymore.