Nebraska parents of a small boy killed two years ago by a crocodile announced that they had welcomed a baby to their family.
Matt and Melissa Graves revealed the happy news on Wednesday, telling the media that their new bundle of joy was born last week.
The couple named their son Christian Lane Graves, in honor of his son Lane Graves, two years old, who was tragically killed in 2016 when he was attacked by a crocodile in a Grand Floridian Resort lagoon during a family trip to Disney World in Florida.
"Although we know that the pain of losing Lane will never go away, we feel that God has blessed our family with this precious miracle of life," the statement said.
Matt and Melissa Graves (pictured in September) announced that they welcomed a baby named Christian Lane Graves
In June 2016, the couple lost their two-year-old son, Lane (pictured) when he was attacked by a crocodile during a vacation at Disney World.
The couple said Lane is a & # 39; guardian angel & # 39; who cares for her baby, Christian, and her daughter Ella.
"The love and support we continue to receive from many is greatly appreciated, but we ask that our desire for privacy continue to be honored," the couple added.
Lane had been playing near the shore of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa on June 14, 2016 when a crocodile dragged him to the lagoon. His father jumped into the water to rescue his son, and was attacked by a second crocodile.
Authorities said that hunters killed five lizards in the lagoon during their 16-hour search of Lane's body. The child's body was found, intact, several hours after the attack.
The couple said that Lane (represented as a baby in an older photo with her family) is a guardian angel caring for her son Christian and daughter Ella.
Lane was playing in the sand at the water's edge when a crocodile pushed him into the lagoon. The area has been updated with signs that warn visitors of alligators and snakes
The area where Lane was attacked had "no swim" posters posted, but nothing warning visitors to alligators. Since then, the signs have been updated to warn people of hunters and snakes.
Following the death of Lane, the family founded The Lane Thomas Foundation, which helps cover the expenses of families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants and receiving treatment in Nebraska Medicine or Omaha & # 39; s Children & # 39 ; s Hospital.
In June, the family reminded Lane on the second anniversary of his death to post a sweet Facebook photo of Matt Graves hugging the smiling boy in a big hug.
LT, we love you to the sky and the grass. Hug, kiss, ugga mugga. We will fight every day to keep your memory alive and make a positive difference in your name, "said the family.