This was the moment of sheer joy that the tragic Charlie Gard mother could hardly believe.
She looked at Charlie's "miracle" baby brother for the first time when he was given her wrapped in a towel after a successful cesarean.
Connie Yates said she "felt a wave of pure love" when the newborn snuggled into her arms.
She and proud father Chris Gard cried with joy when they said he was Charlie's "spitting picture".
Connie Yates shared a precious moment with her newborn boy, just over three years since tragic Charlie died of mitochondrial depletion syndrome
He arrived on Wednesday evening – just a day after the fourth anniversary of the birth of Charlie, who died of a rare genetic disease three years ago shortly before his first birthday.
Last night, Mr. Gard said: “We are extremely tired but do not want to sleep because we only want to look at him all the time. He is absolutely awesome and has passed every medical exam he has received. "
Miss Yates has been crying with happiness since her second child, who has not yet been named, was born 8 pounds 6 ounces.
Yesterday, 36-year-old Gard told the Daily Mail: “The world feels much nicer this morning.
"We slept for about an hour, but we just can't stop looking at him. Connie was incredible, as always."
34-year-old Miss Yates, a nurse from Bedfont, South West London, said, "It's scary to look back at photos of Charlie and look at our new baby … a spitting picture." Baby Gard is on the left and Charlie Gard on the right one day old
34-year-old Miss Yates, a nurse from Bedfont, southwest London, said: "He looks so similar to Charlie at the same age – it's pretty scary."
"It's scary to look back at Charlie's photos and look at our new baby … a spitting picture."
Charlie was born on August 4th, 2016. He fought a rare genetic disorder while his parents fought the medical system in court to get permission to take him to the US for groundbreaking treatment.
They have been blocked by hospital leaders, but their cause has been supported by millions of people around the world, including the Pope and President Donald Trump.
The courts stood in their way and on July 28, 2017, Charlie died of mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which deprives the organs of energy.
Charlie (pictured) was born in 2016. Despite his parents' desperate lobbying, he died in July 2017 of mitochondrial depletion syndrome shortly before his first birthday
During the High Court, Appeal Court, and Supreme Court hearings, Charlie's father clutched his son's favorite toy, a cuddly monkey.
Yesterday they placed a baby version of the monkey next to their new son to remind him of his older sibling.
Baby Gard had a one in four chance of being born with the same devastating illness as Charlie. But he was tested in the womb and declared free of the syndrome.
Further tests followed after his birth at Queen Charlotte & # 39; s and Chelsea Hospital.
So happy: Connie and Chris with their son. Mr. Gard said: “It was a really magical and extremely emotional moment. Now we have a real smile on our faces. "
Mr. Gard, a postman, said: “You were amazing from start to finish. They knew the story and did everything possible for us – and now we are here with the baby we yearn for.
"He is a perfectly healthy boy – we have been told that several times now. It is only music for our ears because the last time we went through hell.
"It is one of the real wonders of life to see how your child is born, and it was no different for us."
& # 39; It was a really magical and extremely emotional moment. Now we have a real smile on our faces. "
The couple raised £ 1.3 million to help Charlie, who they have now given to the Charlie Gard Foundation, which was created to help other families in similar situations.
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
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.
Interventions by the Pope and U.S. President Donald Trump occurred during Charlie's short life, but eventually his life support was turned off and he succumbed to the rare disease.
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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