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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds name son after doctors who treated prime minister when he had Covid-19

Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson was born on Wednesday.

Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds.
Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds.
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BORIS JOHNSON AND Carrie Symonds have named their son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, in a tribute to their grandfathers and the doctors who helped save the UK Prime Minister’s life.

Symonds, 32, posted a picture of her cradling the newborn on Instagram on Saturday, saying she “couldn’t be happier” and that her “heart is full”.

She praised the maternity team at University College Hospital in London, who she said “looked after us so well”.

Symonds and Wilfred are understood to be back in Number 10 with Johnson.

The couple announced on Wednesday that she had given birth to a baby boy earlier that day.

It came just weeks after Johnson was discharged from intensive care where he had been battling coronavirus. Symonds also suffered symptoms of the disease.

She wrote in her Instagram post: “Introducing Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson born on 29.04.20 at 9am.

“Wilfred after Boris’ grandfather, Lawrie after my grandfather, Nicholas after Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart – the two doctors that saved Boris’ life last month.

“Thank you so, so much to the incredible NHS maternity team at UCLH that looked after us so well. I couldn’t be happier. My heart is full.”

Johnson, who is currently grappling with the Covid-19 crisis which has led to the deaths of over 27,000 people in the UK so far, is expected to take a “short period” of paternity leave later in the year.

The new family are planning to live in their Downing Street flat along with their dog Dilyn, Downing Street has said.

In February, the couple announced they were expecting a baby in “early summer” and that they had become engaged at the end of 2019.

They made history as the first unmarried couple to officially live together in Downing Street when they moved in last summer, after Johnson won the Conservative Party leadership contest.

The new arrival is the third baby born to a serving prime minister in recent history.

Tony Blair’s wife Cherie gave birth to son Leo in May 2000, three years after her husband’s first election victory.

David Cameron and wife Samantha welcomed daughter Florence in 2010.

The last babies born to prime ministers before Leo and Florence arrived more than 150 years ago.

Wilfred is Symonds’s first child, while Johnson is known to have fathered at least five others.

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