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Olympic snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin’s widow Ellidy Vlug reveals bid to collect his sperm


Olympic snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin’s pregnant widow Ellidy Vlug has revealed her desperate bid to collect his sperm hours after his tragic death

Ellidy Vlug has spoken candidly about retrieving sperm from her late partner, Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin, in the hours after his tragic death.

Speaking on her podcast, Darling, Shine!, on Sunday, the 29-year-old widow of the late Olympic snowboarder spoke about her desperate rush to collect his sperm.

Ellidy announced she was pregnant with Chumpy’s baby on Instagram on Sunday, almost a year after he drowned while spearfishing at a reef off Palm Beach in Queensland.

Starting a family: Ellidy Vlug has spoken candidly about retrieving sperm from her late partner, Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin, in the hours after his tragic death

‘Everyone knew we were trying so hard for a baby,’ she said of the months leading up to Chumpy’s death on July 8 last year.

‘As soon as we got together, we were talking about the future and babies and everything we were going to do.’

Ellidy revealed they had to ‘hustle’ to retrieve Chumpy’s sperm in the days after his tragic death.

Bumpy ride: Ellidy announced she was pregnant with Chumpy's baby on Instagram on Sunday, almost a year after he drowned while spearfishing at a reef off Palm Beach in Queensland

Bumpy ride: Ellidy announced she was pregnant with Chumpy’s baby on Instagram on Sunday, almost a year after he drowned while spearfishing at a reef off Palm Beach in Queensland

Under Queensland legislation, sperm can be removed posthumously when a designated officer declares their belief that the deceased wouldn’t object.

The consent of the immediate family – including Chumpy’s parents – is also required before any sperm can be retrieved. 

An IVF specialist assists with the retrieval, with a recommended removal timeframe of between 24 and 36 hours after death.  

'Everyone knew we were trying so hard for a baby,' she said of the months leading up to Chumpy's death on July 8 last year

‘Everyone knew we were trying so hard for a baby,’ she said of the months leading up to Chumpy’s death on July 8 last year

Ellidy admitted it was quite an undertaking, with everyone having to sign off on legal documents, while also dealing with coroners, lawyers and doctors. 

‘[It was] incredibly fortunate we had the resources and the means to make this happen in such crucial time,’ she added. 

Ellidy said her pregnancy is ‘the most bittersweet thing in the world’, but added that she was determined to parent a child with Chumpy.   

'As soon as we got together, we were talking about the future and babies and everything we were going to do,' she said

‘As soon as we got together, we were talking about the future and babies and everything we were going to do,’ she said

‘I’m not saying it’s going to be easy or a walk in the park. I have a lot ahead of me, I’ve got big shoes to fill,’ she continued.

‘I’ve got to be a dad and a mum in one, and not just any dad, I’ve got to be a Chumpy dad.’

She added: ‘I go through a lot every day and I will forever grief, that never leaves you, but I was always so sure of one thing – that I was always going to have this bub.’  

'I go through a lot every day and I will forever grief, that never leaves you, but I was always so sure of one thing - that I was always going to have this bub,' she said

‘I go through a lot every day and I will forever grief, that never leaves you, but I was always so sure of one thing – that I was always going to have this bub,’ she said

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