CHARLIE Gard's mum has given birth to a baby boy – a day after what would have been Charlie's fourth birthday.
Connie Yates said she "felt a surge of pure love" when she met Charlie's 'miracle' baby brother for the first time.
Proud dad Chris Gard said his newborn son was the "spitting image" of their first son, Charlie who died of a rare genetic condition before his first birthday.
Their little boy, who is yet to be named, was delivered by caesarean on Wednesday night and weighs a healthy 8lb 6oz.
Last night, Chris said: "We are extremely tired but do not want to sleep as we just want to look at him the whole time."
He said that their new arrival had "passed every medical examination" and his wife Connie was "amazing".
Yesterday the 36-year-old dad told the Daily Mail: "The world feels a whole lot more beautiful this morning.
"We've had about an hour's sleep between us, but we just can't stop looking at him."
The world feels a whole lot more beautiful this morning.
Care worker Connie, 34, from Bedfont, London, said: "He looks so similar to Charlie at the same age – it's quite uncanny.
"It's scary looking back at photos of Charlie and looking at our new baby… spitting image."
The little boy had a one-in-four chance of being born with the same illness as Charlie, but Connie and Chris's prayers were met and he was declared a healthy baby.
Chris said: "He is a perfectly healthy baby boy – we've now been told this on numerous occasions. It is just music to our ears, because we went through such hell last time."
Little Charlie's fight for life was followed by millions across the world.
The tot had a disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, as both of his parents Connie and Chris were unknowingly carrying the faulty gene.
On Friday, July 28, his mum said the little boy had lost his battle with the illness.
He is a perfectly healthy baby boy – we've now been told this on numerous occasions. It is just music to our ears, because we went through such hell last time.
Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital had said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity and applied for permission to have his ventilator switched off.
But his parents fought determinedly against this decision – raising more than £1.3million to pay for pioneering treatment in the US.
The Pope and President Donald Trump stepped up and offered their support to Connie and Chris.
But the courts stood in their way and on July 28, 2017, Charlie succumbed to mitochondrial depletion syndrome – which
They eventually ended the fight for treatment because "time has run out", admitting that they didn't expect him to live to see his first birthday.
Throughout their battle, Charlie's dad clutched his son's favourite toy, a cuddly monkey.
Yesterday they placed a baby monkey toy with a blue heart stitched onto its chest beside their newborn son in order to keep Charlie close.
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