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Charlie Gard's mother is "nervous but excited" about the impending birth of her second child


Connie Yates weighs her impressive bump and is "nervous but excited" to become a parent with her partner Chris Gard a second time.

Tomorrow, exactly four years have passed since their son Charlie was born – just so that they can lose him before his first birthday.

Charlie's tragic struggle took hold of the world after he was born with a rare disease. He died in July 2017 at the age of 11 months after his parents lost an extraordinary legal battle against the medical system to keep him alive.

According to a recent scan, the unborn baby already weighs 9 pounds

Tomorrow, exactly four years have passed since their son Charlie (pictured) was born - just so that they could lose him before his first birthday

Tomorrow, exactly four years have passed since their son Charlie (pictured) was born – just so that they could lose him before his first birthday

Now his little brother is expected to arrive soon every day. According to a recent scan, the unborn baby already weighs 9 pounds.

Miss Yates, 34, said: "He is definitely ready to come out.

"Charlie was our first child. Like all new parents, we didn't really know what to expect." This time we are more aware of the things that can go wrong, so it is hard not to worry.

"I'm definitely more nervous and excited than before. I was determined not to worry and enjoy pregnancy, and I have, but of course it's impossible not to be afraid at times."

Miss Yates, a nurse from Bedfont, southwest London, added: "He's safe in my stomach right now. I'll be afraid if he comes out and takes his first breath until I know everything is fine."

Pictured: The 20-week scan of the new baby was taken on July 24 of this year. He was tested in the womb and, to the great relief of his parents, was declared free of the syndrome

Pictured: The 20-week scan of the new baby was taken on July 24 of this year. He was tested in the womb and, to the great relief of his parents, was declared free of the syndrome

The 36-year-old postman Gard said: “The day Charlie was born was the best day of my life. I was and am so proud of him. "

The 36-year-old postman Gard said: “The day Charlie was born was the best day of my life. I was and am so proud of him. "

Interventions by the Pope and U.S. President Donald Trump occurred during Charlie's short life, but eventually his life support was switched off and he succumbed to mitochondrial depletion syndrome – a rare genetic disorder that uses energy from the organs.

Agonizingly, Baby Gard # 2 – previously unnamed – had one of four chances of being born with the same devastating disease.

But he was tested in the womb and declared to be free of the syndrome to the great relief of his parents.

Pictured: The expectant parents three years after the loss of their first son

Pictured: The expectant parents in March

Connie Yates weighs her impressive bump and is "nervous but excited" to become a parent with her partner Chris Gard a second time

The 36-year-old postman Gard said: “The day Charlie was born was the best day of my life. I was and am so proud of him. "

He added: "It may sound silly, but I can't help worrying about what will happen when his brother comes. I will feel guilty when Charlie looks down on us, is a happy family, and is itself so in love with his little sibling? "

"I know what that sounds like, but until I meet the new baby, I struggle with that thought. I know it's all in my own mind and I'm sure as soon as I see him everything will be fine. "

Miss Yates said, "He talks to the baby bump all the time and tells him the things we're looking forward to – just the simple things people take for granted, like birthdays and family vacations."

Mr. Gard added: "Sometimes I forget that he is behind a thin wall of skin and speak a little loudly – he jumped once.

"We know that we are very happy. We lost a baby, but we got a second chance, and not everyone gets it.

"We are very excited, but obviously also concerned." It's a scary time. We only know how incredibly loved this baby will be. "

Tragic case of Charlie Gard in which the 11-month-old boy died after a long legal battle over treatment

In the high-profile and tragic case of Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old boy died after a long legal battle over his treatment for a rare inherited disease.

His parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard wanted to take him to the United States for experimental treatment and raised £ 1.3 million in public donations to pay for them.

However, a High Court judge ruled that the treatment was not in his best interest after doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital warned that there was no evidence that this would work and that Charlie had suffered severe brain damage.

Charlie Gard died after a lawsuit over his treatment for a rare inherited disease

Charlie Gard died after a lawsuit over his treatment for a rare inherited disease

His genetic condition – mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome when encephalomyopathy started in children – consumed energy from his muscles and prevented him from moving or breathing without help.

But Charlie's parents from Bedfont, southwest London, insisted that he continue to answer them.

During her court battle, Mr. Gard always brought one of his son's cuddly toys with him to every hearing. Charlie died last July just before his first birthday.

Ms. Yates and Mr. Gard later set up a foundation to use the money donated to help other adolescents with mitochondrial or rare teething problems.

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