The mother of Ruby Edwards, a child who passed away last Sunday after developing COVID-19, has given birth to a baby boy. According to the family, the new arrival heralds better days ahead.

Levi Edwards was born on Friday in the early afternoon in Redlands, east of Brisbane, and was photographed for some of his first memories with Ruby’s blanket, which was embroidered with her name.

Krystal Edwards gave birth to Levi yesterday, five days after losing her daughter Ruby, the youngest person in Queensland to die from COVID. Photo Credits: Krystal Edwards

Levi and his mother, Krystal, were healthy and happy, according to his father, Steven, who posted the birth announcement on Facebook.

“We’re just in awe of him and know his big sister Ruby is watching over us as he was safely guided into this world”, wrote Mr Edwards.

“Levi brings with him hope and light, a promise of happy times as we look to the future.”

“We’ve got a long road ahead of us but each day with him in our arms and Ruby in our hearts, it will get easier.”

“Although nothing will bring our baby girl back, it will help our family move into the future as we heal.”

Photo credits: Krystal Edwards

Ruby, who was only two weeks short of her second birthday, was taken from her family six days ago.

She had gotten ill abruptly after the virus, testing positive on July 14.

According to Mr Edwards, the virus caused Acute Hemorrhagic Leukoencephalitis (AHLE), a highly uncommon neurological disorder caused by inflammation in Ruby’s brain and spinal cord.

While Ruby battled valiantly, he stated that the condition was too hostile at the time.

Krystal Edwards

“Thanks to her treatment, we don’t believe she suffered any pain during her fight and was able to leave this world peacefully,” At the time, Mr Edwards said.

She was the state’s youngest virus victim when she passed away.

Ruby, their 23-month-old daughter, unexpectedly passed away from COVID-19, according to her parents, Steven and Krystal Edwards of Brisbane. Despite their best efforts, the couple says they are overcome with sadness.

According to Mr Edwards, his daughter got unexpectedly ill and finally tested positive for COVID. Just two weeks before her second birthday, she passed away on Sunday.

Krystal Edwards

He claimed that Ruby’s COVID infection induced the very uncommon neurological illness Acute Hemorrhagic Leukoencephalitis (AHLE), which was brought on by inflammation in Ruby’s brain and spinal cord.

“This triggered a rare auto-immune condition, where her immune system, while trying to fight the virus, also attacked her brain, affecting her vital functions,” In a statement on social media, Mr Edwards said.

“She fought long and hard, but unfortunately, the condition was too aggressive, ruthless and relentless.”

“Thanks to her treatment, we don’t believe she suffered any pain during her fight and was able to leave this world peacefully.”

Krystal Edwards

The family is getting ready for the arrival of their kid in two days.

“It feels like the world is falling apart for us right now, as we prepare for the arrival of our son … this is supposed to be such a happy time where our family would become complete but is now so broken,” Mr Edwards said.

“We are all hurting, we are all in pain, please be kind and be there for each other.”

The family thanked the medical team at Logan Hospital and the Queensland Children’s Hospital who “did their very best”.

Krystal Edwards

Mr Edwards told the ABC he did not want to “propagate fear but maybe caution and a reminder to cherish those you love because you just don’t know when it can all be taken away from you”.

“She was a gentle soul, loved her cuddles and was adored by all fortunate enough to meet her,” he said.

“Ruby had the most beautiful long eyelashes, infectious smile and stunning hair colour.

“She was very clever and had so much potential. It’s a shame her full potential will never be realised, and the world has been deprived of such a special gift.”

The bereaved family welcomed a baby boy into the world five days after his sister died.

Stephen and Krystal Edwards had to do the unimaginable five days ago: say goodbye to their lovely daughter, Ruby.

The 23-month-old was the youngest person in Queensland to die from COVID.

According to The Courier Mail, Krystal was pregnant with the couple’s second child, and their newborn boy arrived safely on Friday.

Stephen posted a touching video of their child’s birth on social media.

“Krystal and I are proud to introduce Levi Grayson Edwards,” he wrote.

“Born at 12:50pm, 29/07/2022, weighing 4.04kg (8.9lbs). We’re just in awe of him.”

They posted a lovely picture of their kid cuddling up to a teddy rabbit that bears Ruby’s name on Facebook.

Krystal Edwards

The promise of happier times

“Levi brings with him hope and light, a promise of happy times as we look to the future,” Stephen wrote.

“We ‘ve got a long road ahead of us but each day with him in our arms and Ruby in our hearts, it will get easier.”

He said his son knows “that his big sister Ruby is watching over us as he was safely guided into this world.”

A deadly illness that Ruby must battle

Ruby Edwards, 23, tested positive for the virus on July 14, triggering a rare neurological condition known as Acute Hemorrhagic Leukoencephalitis.

It’s a vicious condition that generates a flurry of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.

Steven announced the devastating news on Monday via Facebook, saying the condition was too “ruthless and relentless” for their little girl.

Ruby was Queensland’s youngest COVID-19 victim when she passed away at Brisbane Children’s Hospital on Sunday.

“Dear friends and family, it is with great sadness that we announce our beautiful baby girl, Ruby Grace Edwards grew her angel wings and passed peacefully yesterday… just two weeks before her 2nd birthday, surrounded by her family,” he wrote.

“She fought long and hard, but unfortunately, the condition was too aggressive, ruthless and relentless.

“Thanks to her treatment, we don’t believe she suffered any pain during her fight and was able to leave this world peacefully.”

There is a GoFundMe put up to assist the Edwards family.

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