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Parents of boy killed by alligator welcome son: 'God has blessed our family'

by Gina Vivinetto / / Source: TODAY

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The parents of a 2-year-old boy killed by an alligator from the beach of a Disney resort have welcomed another child.

Matt and Melissa Graves, who lost their son Lane in 2016, announced their happy news in a press release on Wednesday.

"We are happy to announce the birth of our son, Christian Lane Graves. Although we know the pain of losing Lane will never go away, we feel God has blessed our family with this precious miracle of life," they wrote.

The couple, who are also parents to a daughter named Ella, went on to say that Lane's loving spirit is watching over his two siblings.

Matt and Melissa Graves
Matt and Melissa Graves have welcomed a baby boy.YouTube

"We know Ella and Christian have their brother, Lane, watching over them as their guardian angel," they wrote.

The parents thanked well-wishers for their "love and support," while asking for privacy.

Lane Graves was playing in the sand near the shoreline of a lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa when an alligator snatched him and dragged him into the water. The boy's father, Matt Graves, unsuccessfully fought to wrest him free of the animal.
Lane Graves was playing in the sand near the shoreline of a lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa when an alligator snatched him and dragged him into the water. The boy's father, Matt Graves, unsuccessfully fought to wrest him free of the animal.AFP - Getty Images

In June, the couple paid tribute to the son they lost on the second anniversary of his tragic death.

"LT, we love you up to heaven and down to the grass. Hug, kiss, ugga mugga," they wrote in a post on the Facebook page for The Lane Thomas Foundation, an organization they launched to help support families of children seeking organ donations.

“We will fight every day to keep your memory alive and make a positive difference in your name," they added.

Lane died on June 14, 2016, after being pulled into the water by an alligator while playing near the shoreline of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The toddler and his family were on vacation from their home in Nebraska at the time.

Last year, Disney World unveiled a lighthouse statue honoring Lane and the foundation created in his name. The memorial stands near the Seven Seas Lagoon where he was attacked.

"We find comfort that so many people continue to remember our sweet boy, Lane," his parents said in a statement to TODAY at the time, "and we believe the lighthouse stands as a beacon of hope and support for families in the depths of despair."

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