Ellidy Pullin Gives Birth To Daughter 15 Months After Olympian Chumpy’s Death - Women's Health

Ellidy Pullin Gives Birth To Daughter 15 Months After Olympian Chumpy’s Death

The partner of the late Australian snowboarding great, Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, has given birth to their child and named the daughter after lost love.

Australians united in collective grief last year when it was announced that Olympian and world champion, Alex “Chumpy” Pullin had died during an incident while spearfishing in water off the Gold Coast in July. The snowboarding great was beloved around the world, known not only for his athletic prowess and technical skills, but for his charismatic energy, enthusiasm and the passion he shared with so many athletes and fans alike. But none felt the loss as strongly as his widow, Ellidy, who has now given birth to their child who was conceived after Chumpy’s death. 

Ellidy underwent a successful posthumous IVF treatment in the months after Chumpy died and now, 15 months after his tragic passing, she’s given birth to their daughter. Named Minnie Alex Pullin, the joyous arrival was shared by Ellidy on her Instagram as she wrote, “Hello, I had a baby”. 

The baby was born on October 25, with the new mum sharing the announcement of Minnie’s arrival to her Instagram story which showed her sitting with the newborn. “And we have been a lil busy and tired,” she captioned the image. 

Ellidy has been open about her pregnancy journey and overcoming grief in the wake of Chumpy’s passing. In an editorial for Vogue, she explained: “Chumpy and I had been trying for a baby for nine months before the accident, and, like many couples, were hoping for a positive pregnancy test each month. We were beginning to consider our options and had started to think about IVF. In the immediate hours following Chumpy’s accident, a close friend gently floated the idea of sperm retrieval. With the support of Chumpy’s family, it wasn’t a question of ‘if’ but ‘how’.”

To retrieve sperm under current Queensland guidelines, the collection needs to be done within 36 hours for a deceased person. The process is rigorous and requires a number of signed legal documents, coroner’s approval and the cooperation of a fertility doctor from an IVF clinic. Thankfully, Ellidy had the support of friends and family throughout the entire process, who not only gave her the strength to continue with the couple’s hopes of conceiving, but to do so while in the depths of her mourning. 

As Ellidy wrote in the publication, “One might think that on the other side of grief lies joy, but I’ve learned grief, hope, strength, and happiness can coexist. Alongside the euphoria that comes with the imminent arrival of our baby, I feel a deep-seated sadness that Chumpy won’t get the chance to play dad, a role that would have come so naturally to him. Being pregnant is bittersweet; on one hand I feel overwhelmed with happiness thinking, “Oh, my goodness, it’s alive, it’s really there,” while also knowing Chump’s not here to share in it.”

She added, “In many ways, it simply feels like I’m carrying the torch of our future. It sits differently to how it did before, but there’s still something familiar; I still use Chumpy’s toothbrush (it’s electric!), I still sing out, “Hey, Chumpy” whenever I pass his music studio in our home, and some day very soon, a little piece of Chumpy will be back in my arms again.”

Recommended to you

More From