Friday 23 February 2018

Harry Arter thanks well-wishers following the birth of his new baby girl Raine 14 months after tragedy

Bournemouth's Harry Arter was taunted on Twitter after the death of his daughter
Bournemouth's Harry Arter was taunted on Twitter after the death of his daughter

Calum Davis

Harry Arter has tweeted his thanks after the Bournemouth midfielder was inundated with congratulations messages following the birth of his new baby girl, Raine.

The Republic of Ireland international became a father last night after his partner Rachel gave birth to a new baby girl.

Arter, 27, was congratulated on the news of his new daughter by Bournemouth chairman, Jeff Mostyn who tweeted: "Thrilled with the incredible news @HarryArter2 and Rachel have a baby daughter Raine. With Fondest Love from us all."

Raine Arter was born 14 months after his daughter Renee was tragically delivered stillborn in December 2015.

Arter posted a touching message on Instagram on Friday night to celebrate the birth of Raine, whilst paying tribute to Renee.

"A rainbow baby is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravage of a storm," he wrote in a heartfelt message on Instagram.

"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."


The Bournemouth midfielder took to Twitter on Saturday morning to offer his gratitude for the well-wishes he and his partner had received: "Thank you to everyone for all of your kind message."

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, had offered his best wishes for Arter and his partner in a post-match conversation following Bournemouth's 2-0 defeat on Monday evening.

"He offered his best wishes for me and my partner this week, which was an unbelievable touch,” Arter told the Bournemouth Echo.

"He is someone I have a massive amount of respect for. I watched his Barcelona teams – and look at his Manchester City side tonight. For me, he is the best manager in the world. I don’t think there’s anybody close to him and what he has achieved.

"For him to offer that to me, I respected it and accepted it with a smile on my face," he added.

Pep Guardiola was asked what he had said to Arter in his post-match press conference on Monday evening: "He will be a father soon so I said big congratulations to him and his partner," he replied.

"I know what happened in the past, and, hopefully, the baby will be well."

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