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MP would have been so proud

PUBLISHED: 13:47 24 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

AS Andrew Cann reaches out to touch his newborn baby son with the gentlest of caresses, there is no doubting the joy that little Ethan has brought.

But for the son of the late Ipswich MP, the joy of becoming a father for the first time is touched with sadness.

AS Andrew Cann reaches out to touch his newborn baby son with the gentlest of caresses, there is no doubting the joy that little Ethan has brought.

But for the son of the late Ipswich MP, the joy of becoming a father for the first time is touched with sadness.

In the space of just two days he became a father and lost a father.

Just a few hours after Jamie Cann, 55, Ipswich's MP for nearly ten years, lost his fight for life his daughter-in-law Saraid went into labour.

"It's been a difficult time, very tiring," admitted Andrew, 29.

"But Ethan is best thing that has ever happened to us. I was a bit nervous about the whole thing but it has just clicked."

"The staff at the hospital were fantastic. They were aware of the situation and they showed tremendous sympathy, understanding and support," added his 29-year-old wife.

Shelves at the couple's Anglesea Road home are cluttered with both condolence cards and congratulation cards. It has been a difficult time for all the family but they are pulling through and finding strength in one-week-old Ethan, who tucked into a blue knitted is a picture of contentment.

"He's been such a gift. Everybody that sees him starts smiling," said the proud father, a procurement manager at the Port of Felixstowe.

The joy of becoming a grandfather for the first time was cruelly robbed from the Ipswich MP and former teacher who often spoke of his excitement at the coming addition to the Cann clan.

"It is such a shame Jamie did not get to see him. He was looking forward to it so much," said Saraid, a press officer at Suffolk County Council.

"We took Ethan to the family funeral so at least we can tell him that when he grows up – that he was there.

"He's so good. He's very content and just deals with whatever is going on around him. We're very lucky.

"We're just taking things as they come really." And Andrew extended his thanks to his brother Jamie, 30, and his wife Rachel, 29, who together with his mother Rosie have been a tower of support.

The couple, who have been married for three years, met in the University of London student union.

Andrew was present throughout Saraid's 14-hour labour at Ipswich Hospital and he is clearing hoping for more children in the future.

"One day there will be more than three of us, if we are lucky," he said.

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