Sunday 17 December 2017

Joy as Harry Arter and partner Rachel announce the arrival of baby Raine and posts tribute to stillborn daughter Renee

Bournemouth's Harry Arter
Bournemouth's Harry Arter
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter and his partner Rachel are toasting the birth of their baby Raine Renee Arter, who was born in a London hospital on Friday evening.

The arrival will be greeted with relief and joy after the couple suffered the tragedy of a stillborn birth in December 2015, as baby Renee passed away before she got a chance to meet her expectant parents.

The joyous news was confirmed by Arter to friends early on Friday evening, before he posted a beautiful message on his Instagram account to make a more formal announcement.

“A rainbow baby is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravage of a storm,” read the message, which was clearly a tribute to Renee.

“When the rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that the family is now dealing with its aftermath.

“What is means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkest clouds….”

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Harry and Rachel have spent much of this week in a London hospital preparing for the arrival of Raine, as they took every precaution possible to avoid a repeat of the tragedy that befell their young family.

“There is the worry side of it but we have managed to get a top consultant in London and we have learned to trust him,” said Harry earlier this week.

Harry Arter was touched by Pep Guardiola's comments after the match
Harry Arter was touched by Pep Guardiola's comments after the match

“He has put all our worries at ease and it will be a lot more controlled this time. Rachel will go up to London a few days before so we feel relaxed.

“The consultant has been unbelievable throughout the process and we’re thankful to him.

“But, of course, there comes the worry and anxiety. My most important job is to make sure Rachel is stress-free so I’ve tried to be reassuring for her.”

Now the couple are celebrating the arrival of Raine Renne, whose middle name represents a wonderful tribute to her big sister.

The imminent arrival of baby Arter was highlighted by a heartwarming gesture from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola this week, who made a beeline to offer words of support to one of his opponents after City’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Monday night.

Now Harry and Rachel can celebrate their happy arrival and all of us at Independent.ie will raise a glass to their new wonderful news.

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