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Parents Of Boy Eaten By An Alligator At Disney World Welcome Another Son

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Every parent's worst nightmare is to have their child die before them.

But in 2016, Matt and Melissa Graves faced a devastating tragedy when an alligator dragged their two-year-old son to his death at Disney World.  

Lane Graves was playing at the Seven Seas Lagoon beach outside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, when the reptile snatched him up.

While Matt dashed into the water to free his son from the alligator's grasp, it got away from Lane's body wasn't recovered until 16 hours later.

Although the toddler's death was later ruled an accident, Disney quickly put up warning signs, along with a boulder wall dividing guests from the beaches of its multiple resorts.

The entertainment complex also removed 95 alligators from its parks.

Since Lane's traumatic death, his parents founded the Lane Thomas Foundation, which "is dedicated to supporting families of children needing life-saving organ transplants."

"Lane had a very special light about him. We promised him at his wake we would turn this tragedy into good for many families," Matt said during press conference, a year after his son's passing.

Disney World also honored Lane in August 2017, when it unveiled a lighthouse statue.

According to the foundation's website, the lighthouse symbolizes "a beacon of hope in the depths of despair, to create a strong base of support for families in crisis."

But, more than two years after their beloved son's death, the Graves shared some exciting news - they just welcomed another baby boy into the world, and his name is a special tribute to his late brother.

"We are happy to announce the birth of our son, Christian Lane Graves.

Although we know the pain of losing Lane will never go away, we feel God has blessed our family with this precious miracle of life.

We know Ella and Christian have their brother, Lane, watching over them as their guardian angel.

The love and support we continue to receive from so many is greatly appreciated, but we ask that our desire for privacy continue to be honored."

In June, Matt and Melissa paid a tribute to Lane through on their charity's Facebook page, in just another way to keep his memory alive.

"LT, we love you up to heaven and down to the grass. Hug, kiss, ugga mugga. We will fight every day to keep your memory alive and make a positive difference in your name," the post read.


We wish all the best to Matt and Melissa and their newborn son!

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