Bradley Lowery's parents share picture of baby daughter and gush she's 'hand-picked for earth by brother in heaven'

BRADLEY Lowery's parents have shared a sweet photo of their baby girl – gushing she was "hand-picked for earth" by her big brother in heaven.

Gracie-Mae was born earlier this month – with parents Gemma and Carl gushing their daughter was an "absolute dream."

But the couple made sure to pay tribute to their son Bradley, who tragically died aged just six in 2017 after a battle with cancer, as they shared their joy of life with their little girl.

Her little outfit features the words: "Hand-picked for earth by my brother in heaven."

In a heartwarming Facebook status alongside the pic, Carl and Gemma, both 38, wrote: "Gracie-Mae now weighs 8lb 9oz and she is two-weeks-old today.

"She is an absolute dream and we couldn't be happier right now."

The proud parents said the tiny girl had already "changed so much since she was born".

The parents added: "We did try and get some nice photos last night in her vest but she had other ideas.

"She is camera shy just like her oldest brother Kieran, and nothing like Bradley he absolutely loved his photo being taken."

Speaking about her first footie match on Saturday, the parents said: "Today we are taking her to her first Sunderland match as we host the Bradley Lowery Foundation box for a lovely family to enjoy and make memories.

"I really hope she brings us some good luck.

"Thank you to everyone that has sent me well wishes, cards and presents it is really appreciated."

Bradley's mum and dad, who also have a teenage son, Kieran, welcomed Gracie-Mae earlier this month after announcing the news back in May.

At the time she wrote Bradley will be "the best guardian angel to his little brother or sister".

Bradley died five years ago after sadly losing his courageous battle against rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Although his family campaigned tirelessly to raise money to fight the rare form of cancer, doctors realised the illness was terminal and they sadly had to say goodbye to special Bradley in July 2017.

The footie-mad lad's cheeky smile and brave battle captured the hearts of the nation.

He befriended ex-Sunderland ace Jermain Defoe, with Bradley becoming a regular mascot for his favourite team, holding hands with his idol as they walked on the pitch.

Jermain, who now plays for Scottish champions Rangers, says he still thinks about Bradley and keeps in touch with the family.

In January, he said: "It’s four years since he died but there’s not a day that goes by when he’s not in my mind. Especially now with the lockdown.

“The time that you get at home when you sit and reflect about things.

"Of course, I think about Bradley. I still keep in contact with the family – I’m very close to them."

When NHS trainer Gemma announced Bradley’s death on Facebook it was shared 50,000 times in ten minutes.

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