Miracle IVF baby expected to share Christmas Day birthday with tragic brother, 5

A miracle baby due on Christmas Day will share a birthday with the tragic big brother they will never get to meet.

Arlene Smith, 34, cradled her son Jack as he died suddenly from a rare virus days before he was due to turn six.

Now she has told of her joy after falling pregnant following her first attempt at IVF — with the new arrival set to be born on December 25, the same day as Jack was born, reports Daily Record today.

"Our little miracle is due on the most special day of the year, his big brother’s birthday.

“Jack would have been an incredible big brother and he would have adored his wee brother or sister," Arlene said.

The teacher, from Renfrew, west Scotland, suffered a second blow when she had a miscarriage last September.

But she is now 13 weeks pregnant.

Arlene, who is married to Paul, 41, added: "I felt robbed of another child and couldn’t make any sense of why it happened.

“Before starting IVF I had to make a decision on whether I could emotionally take any more trauma, if anything went wrong."

Jack died in December 2012. He was staying overnight with dad Derek when he developed a slight temperature and was found unconscious and not breathing the next day.

He needed specialist care but there were no beds at Yorkhill ­Children’s Hospital in Glasgow, so he was taken to Edinburgh by ­—ambulance.

He never regained consciousness. Tests showed he had contracted a virus which attacked his heart.

Arlene set up bereavement charity Brightest Star two months later.

Since it was established, the charity has set up support groups in Glasgow and Edinburgh for bereaved parents, as well as providing many other services.

And in February, Arlene was delighted they finally achieved their main aim of providing a custom-built family ambulance.

The teacher said: “I want people to know there is hope. I never got the chance to see Jack grow up and that’s what hurts most.

“I’m so proud of what the charity has achieved and knowing it’s helping other families is what drives me on.

“I never thought I’d become a mum again and I just feel so blessed to have this chance.”

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