‘New baby boy has brought a smile back to our faces’: Charlie Gard’s parents talk about their joy as they release a 20-week scan of a healthy unborn child almost three years after losing their beloved son just in case the world in its grip
- Charlie Gard died in July 2017 at the age of 11 after his parents lost the battle
- His parents have announced that they are now expecting a healthy baby
- Baby Gard No2 had a one in four chance of being born with the same disease
- He was tested in the womb and declared free of the syndrome
Six months pregnant, Connie Yates talked about her joy yesterday – and the Mail showed Charlie the uncanny likeness of the unborn child
It has been almost three years since they lost their beloved son in a tragic affair that gripped the world.
Now Charlie Gard’s parents are celebrating after a 20-week scan expecting a healthy baby.
Six months pregnant, Connie Yates talked about her joy yesterday – and the Mail showed the uncanny resemblance of the unborn child to Charlie.
Ms. Yates, 34, who is engaged to postman Chris Gard, 35, said, “We are so happy to be expecting another baby – it brought a smile back to our faces. We are so lucky to have the opportunity to welcome another baby boy into our family. ‘
She added, “I was completely overwhelmed to find that everything showed that our little boy was doing well and was completely healthy.
“The 3D scan shows all the features of his face and it is so beautiful to see. I fell even more in love with him. ”
Mr. Gard said, “Looking back at a scan from Charlie, the new baby is eerily similar. It is amazing how they look alike. Obviously, I thought Charlie, Charlie’s father, was the most beautiful baby in the world, so I’m thrilled to see his little brother resemble some of Charlie’s features, but in the end, the priority is just to be healthy. ‘
Charlie died in July 2017 at the age of 11 after his parents lost an extraordinary lawsuit against the medical system to keep him alive.
Similarly, the 20-week scans of Charlie in the womb and baby Miss Yates are now expecting. Charlie is shown on the left while the new baby is seen on the right
Charlie died in July 2017 at the age of 11 after his parents lost an extraordinary lawsuit against the medical system to keep him alive
There were interventions by the Pope and US President Donald Trump, but in the end, Charlie’s life support was turned off and he succumbed to mitochondrial depletion syndrome – a rare genetic condition that draws energy from the organs.
Painfully, Baby Gard No2 – hitherto unnamed – had a one in four chance of being born with the same devastating illness. But he was tested in the womb and, to the great relief of his parents, he was declared free of the syndrome.
The baby is coming in August – the same month that Charlie was born in 2016. Health care provider Miss Yates of Bedfont, South West London, said Gard was not allowed to go to the 20-week scanning process because of the coronavirus.
She added, “If you’ve lost a child, it’s hard not to let the fear take over – you know the harsh reality of having a child is a lot, not a promise.
“I wasn’t sure I could solve problems without Chris by my side – holding my hand like he always did. But like most expectant mothers during this blockage, I had to go alone which was very unnerving. ‘
Speaking about her hopes for the future, she said, “We long to do all the ordinary little things that most people take for granted. We have never had a chance at Charlie to do simple things, such as going to the park or taking him on vacation. We want what all parents want: to be a healthy, happy family. ‘
Chris Gard and Connie Yates have been pictured outside the Supreme Court during their legal battle in 2017. There were interventions by the Pope and US President Donald Trump, but ultimately Charlie’s life support was turned off and he succumbed to mitochondrial depletion syndrome – a rare genetic condition that takes energy from the organs