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Baby joy for Alarm singer Peters
The Peters family complete with new arrival Evan ap Michael Peters (Picture Daily Post)
The family complete with new arrival Evan ap Michael Peters. Photo: Daily Post
Rock star Mike Peters is celebrating the arrival of his second son, born from an embryo frozen in 2003.

Baby Evan ap Michael Peters arrived on 2 January 2007 at Glan Clwyd hospital at Bodelwyddan.

The Alarm singer and wife Jules, from Dyserth, Denbighshire, underwent fertility treatment in 2003 and had their first son Dylan.

His younger brother was born after the couple froze another embryo from the same batch of eggs.

Peters reveals the news on The Alarm's website saying: "Happy New Year! It's a boy! What a difference a year makes".

Baby Evan was born early on Tuesday morning, after the couple first arrived at the hospital on New Year's Eve.

The chances of us succeeding were astronomically low
Mike Peters

The couple celebrated the New Year with doctors and nursing staff before Evan was born early in the morning of 2 January.

"It's very optimistic, considering this same point last year when it was quite dark," said Peters.

"We've come through the worst time and now there's a lot of hope."

"We've been absolutely inundated with messages from fans - the email box on the website has been full and it's been nice to have been able to post some good news and some photographs."

At the end of 2005 the singer was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CCL), a cancer of white blood cells and was undergoing therapy last summer when they learned of the new pregnancy.

Peters told the Daily Post: "With the stress of the cancer, the diagnosis and the chemo we knew we had the back-up in the embryo we'd had frozen.

Mike Peters and baby son Evan (Picture Daily Post)
Peters is in remission after treatment for cancer. Photo: Daily Post
"So we gave it a whirl, threw the dice - but we didn't think we would succeed."

"The chances of us succeeding were astronomically low. But it worked - he is a real miracle. We were amazed, " he said.

Peters first beat leukaemia 11 years ago, but was diagnosed with CCL in December 2005.

He is to begin a new treatment aimed at eradicating the cancer next week at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, with a course of a drug which could take up to the next three years.

He has restricted his performances since being diagnosed with the disease but The Alarm perform at the annual The Gathering in Llandudno on 26-27 January.

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