Charlie Gard’s parents welcome baby boy one day after brother would have turned four

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The mum of tragic Charlie Gard has given birth to a baby boy one day after the fourth anniversary of her first child's birth.

Proud parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard immediately fell in love with their "miracle" baby following a successful caesarean birth on Wednesday.

The not-yet-named Baby Gard was born weighing 8lb 6oz, with his parents gushing over the "uncanny" resemblance to his big brother, who died in 2017.

"The world feels a whole lot more beautiful this morning," Mr Gard told the Daily Mail.

"We’ve had about an hour’s sleep between us, but we just can’t stop looking at him. Connie was amazing, as always."

Charlie Gard’s parents welcome baby boy one day after brother would have turned four women 第1张Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard (Image: PA)
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"He looks so similar to Charlie at the same age – it’s quite uncanny," he continued. "It’s scary looking back at photos of Charlie and looking at our new baby... spitting image."

The pair tearfully gave up their legal battle to keep 11-month-old Charlie alive in July 2017, with his condition having deteriorated too far.

At the time, the devastated parents said their first born might have been able to live normally despite a rare syndrome if he had received experimental US treatment earlier but too much time had been "wasted".

Charlie Gard’s parents welcome baby boy one day after brother would have turned four women 第4张Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London in 2017 (Image: PA)

Charlie had a rare genetic condition causing progressive muscle weakness and brain damage and his parents had sought to send him to the United States to undergo therapy, in a campaign backed by US President  Donald Trump  and Pope Francis.

His little brother had a one in four chance of being born with the same illness as his brother - however, tests prior to his birth showed he is free of the syndrome.

Earlier this week, Miss Yates, a care worker from Bedfont, south-west London, said she's "terrified" of giving birth a second time.

She said her partner "speaks to the baby bump all the time", with the postman, 36, admitting he is worried about feelings of guilt.

"It may sound silly but I can’t help worry about what will happen when his brother comes along – will I feel guilty to imagine Charlie looking down on us, being a happy family, so in love with his little sibling?" he said.

However, he added he appreciates the couple are "very lucky" to have been given a "second chance".

Britain’s courts, backed by the European Court of Human Rights, refused permission to keep Charlie alive, saying it would prolong his suffering without any realistic prospect of helping the child.

"We have decided to let our son go," the parents had told London’s High Court three summers ago.

"Charlie did have a real chance of getting better. Now we will never know what would have happened if he got treatment."

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