The parents of inspirational footie fan Bradley Lowery have celebrated the birth of a ‘beautiful’ baby daughter.
Little Bradley captured the hearts of the nation with his brave battle with cancer before his tragic death four years ago.
The Sunderland fan struck up a close friendship with striker Jermaine Defoe after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just 18 months old, a rare cancer that mainly affects babies and young children.
He tragically passed away in 2017 and his parents Gemma and Carl set up a foundation in his name to raise funds and awareness to help and support other children.
Little Gracie-Mae Lowery was born via emergency c-section at Sunderland Royal Hospital at 12.19am on Saturday morning, the couple announced.
In a Facebook post, Gemma said she "didn't have the best of labour", but their daughter was now "doing amazing”.
Writing on the Bradley Lowery Foundation’s Facebook page, she posted: "Hi everyone just an update to welcome our beautiful little princess to the world.
"Gracie-Mae was born 12:19am on 6th November weighing 8lb.
"I didn't have the best of labour but I'll not bore you all with the details. I had to have an emergency C section as her heart rate dropped and they needed her out.
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"She is now doing amazing and we on our way home.
"I want to say a huge shout out to all the staff on the maternity unit at Sunderland Royal hospital. Every single one of them from start of care when I fell pregnant to leaving tonight have been incredible.
"I know everyone will be eager to see her, and I’ll be sharing some pictures soon, but we want all the family to meet her first.
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"Thank you all for your support."
Bradley, of Hartlepool, County Durham, Bradley, was in and out of hospital with surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and intensive care treatments for more than a year.
He had been receiving end-of-life care at home when he passed away, surrounding by his loving parents.
Gemma and Carl paid tribute to Bradley when they announced their pregnancy with Gracie-Mae, writing "Bradley is going to be the best guardian angel to his little brother or sister."
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