LONDON (AP) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson and fiancee Carrie Symonds have named their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson in honor of their grandfathers and doctors who saved the U.K. leaderâ€™s life when he was hospitalized with COVID-19.
Symonds made the announcement on her Instagram page Saturday, posting a picture of her cradling her 3-day-old son and explaining the name choice. She praised the maternity team at University College Hospital in London and said her â€œheart is full.â€³
â€œIntroducing Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson born on 29.04.20 at 9am.â€ she wrote in the post. â€œWilfred after Borisâ€™ grandfather, Lawrie after my grandfather, Nicholas after Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart – the two doctors that saved Borisâ€™ life last month.â€™â€™
The birth came just days after Johnson returned to work following his hospitalization for the coronavirus. He spent a week at Londonâ€™s St. Thomasâ€™ hospital, including three nights in intensive care.
Johnson was present for the birth but back working at 10 Downing St. within hours amid the ongoing pandemic. Johnsonâ€™s office said he would take paternity leave later in the year.
Johnson, 55, and Symonds, 32, announced their engagement in February and said they expected a baby in the summer.
Wilfred is the third baby born to a sitting British prime minister this century. The wives of Tony Blair and David Cameron had children during the tenures of their husbands.