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Stephen Knox, proud mum Leona and daughter Izzie with the new arrival

Stephen Knox, proud mum Leona and daughter Izzie with the new arrival

Casper poses for the camera

Casper poses for the camera

Stephen Knox with Caspar

Stephen Knox with Caspar

Oscar Knox

Oscar Knox

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Stephen Knox, proud mum Leona and daughter Izzie with the new arrival

The family of tragic Oscar Knox have announced the birth of their new baby son - and told of the tribute to the late youngster behind his brother's name.

Wee Oscar was diagnosed with cancer in November 2011, and his parents Stephen and Leona went public in a bid to raise awareness and funds for his treatment.

His story touched the hearts of people all around the world.

A huge support campaign was launched, backed by celebrities and sports stars, including Belfast Olympic medal-winning boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan.

Other famous supporters included Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton.

The fundraising drive helped cover the cost of taking Oscar to America for cutting-edge treatment not available in Northern Ireland.

Sadly, the five-year-old (below) passed away on May 8, 2014.

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Stephen and Leona announced yesterday on social media the birth of Caspar Henry Knox, who arrived at the Royal Victoria Hospital on Thursday morning.

In a touching tribute to Oscar, they said Horrid Henry had been his favourite TV show, so they chose Henry as the middle name for their new baby.

They said: "We are delighted to announce the birth of Caspar Henry Knox (29/12/2016), a much loved little brother to Oscar and Izzie!"

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, proud dad Stephen said he and Leona had been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love that had followed their announcement of Caspar's birth.

"Even two-and-a-half years on, people are still so nice," he said.

"It's wonderful to see that there's so much love still out there for Oscar."

The Mallusk man added: "We're very touched, and very grateful."

The couple have been inundated with messages of congratulation and goodwill from wellwishers since the new broke yesterday.

"Twitter pretty much exploded when we announced Caspar's birth. It's crazy!" said Stephen.

Claire McCready from Belfast was one of hundreds of people from around the world who sent messages of congratulation to the Knox family - and revealed that Izzie was very excited about having a new baby brother.

Claire set the joyful tone that filled every message.

She said: "Such lovely news. My son Caolan is in Izzie's class (they had their pic taken together at Halloween) and was telling me how excited Izzie was that she was going to be a big sister. Absolutely wonderful news for your family."

Even Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness took time out from his duties to wish the Knox family well, tweeting: "Warmest congratulations. #goodnews."

Stephen is hoping Leona and their new bundle of joy will be allowed out of hospital today, allowing the family to celebrate the dawn of the New Year together.


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