Alex Pullin's widow Ellidy reveals her ill father Pete is 'deteriorating' 1

Alex Pullin’s widow Ellidy reveals her ill father Pete is ‘deteriorating’

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Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin’s widow Ellidy shared a moving post on Instagram on Thursday about her terminally ill father Pete, who has stage-four brain cancer.

The model, 28, posted images of her dad spending quality time with his baby granddaughter, Minnie Alex Pullin, whose father is Ellidy’s late partner.

Ellidy said it was incredibly difficult to watch her father ‘deteriorate like this’.

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'Can't stand to watch dad deteriorate like this': Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin's widow Ellidy shared a moving post on Instagram on Thursday about her terminally ill father Pete, who has stage-four brain cancer. Pete is pictured here with his baby granddaughter, Minnie Alex Pullin

‘Can’t stand to watch dad deteriorate like this’: Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin’s widow Ellidy shared a moving post on Instagram on Thursday about her terminally ill father Pete, who has stage-four brain cancer. Pete is pictured here with his baby granddaughter, Minnie Alex Pullin

‘Opa… so thankful for these moments,’ she began. 

‘Can’t stand to watch dad deteriorate like this. He’s our Tarzan. So strong and capable. The life of the party!’

Ellidy explained her father was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer ‘just after Chump passed last year’.

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Precious moments: 'Opa... so thankful for these moments,' she said

Precious moments: ‘Opa… so thankful for these moments,’ she said

Family: Ellidy spent quality time with her father Pete, brother Dave Vlug, and stepmother Sue

Family: Ellidy spent quality time with her father Pete, brother Dave Vlug, and stepmother Sue

Terminally ill: 'Can't stand to watch dad deteriorate like this. He's our Tarzan. So strong and capable. The life of the party!' she added

Terminally ill: ‘Can’t stand to watch dad deteriorate like this. He’s our Tarzan. So strong and capable. The life of the party!’ she added

‘We were told he’d be lucky to make it to last Christmas,’ she said. 

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‘Well, here’s another one Dad! You’re our hero, still cracking jokes and leaving us in stitches. Minnie is so lucky to spend these precious days with you! 

‘My heart goes out to all the families with loved ones suffering #f**kcancer.’

In the gallery of images, Ellidy spent quality time with her father Pete, brother Dave Vlug, and stepmother Sue.

'We were told he'd be lucky to make it to last Christmas,' she said in reference to Christmas last year

‘We were told he’d be lucky to make it to last Christmas,’ she said in reference to Christmas last year

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Ellidy announced Minnie’s birth on Instagram in October, sharing a series of photos from the hospital shortly after her arrival.

‘Our girl, born 25th October 2021 – Minnie Alex Pullin,’ she simply captioned the post. 

Ellidy announced she was pregnant with Chumpy’s baby on Instagram in June, almost a year after he drowned while spearfishing at a reef off Queensland’s Palm Beach aged 32. 

Speaking on her podcast, Darling, Shine!, back in June, Ellidy spoke about her desperate rush to collect his sperm after his tragic death.

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Ellidy revealed they had to ‘hustle’ to retrieve Chumpy’s sperm in the days after his death on July 8 last year.

Baby joy: Ellidy announced Minnie's birth on Instagram in October, sharing a series of photos from the hospital shortly after her arrival. 'Our girl, born 25th October 2021 - Minnie Alex Pullin,' she simply captioned the post

Baby joy: Ellidy announced Minnie’s birth on Instagram in October, sharing a series of photos from the hospital shortly after her arrival. ‘Our girl, born 25th October 2021 – Minnie Alex Pullin,’ she simply captioned the post

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.

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

Her man: Ellidy announced she was pregnant with Chumpy's baby on Instagram in June, almost a year after he drowned while spearfishing at a reef off Queensland's Palm Beach aged 32.

Her man: Ellidy announced she was pregnant with Chumpy’s baby on Instagram in June, almost a year after he drowned while spearfishing at a reef off Queensland’s Palm Beach aged 32.

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

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

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‘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 grieve, that never leaves you, but I was always so sure of one thing – that I was always going to have this bub.’

Heartbreaking: Ellidy revealed they had to 'hustle' to retrieve Chumpy's sperm in the days after his death on July 8 last year

Heartbreaking: Ellidy revealed they had to ‘hustle’ to retrieve Chumpy’s sperm in the days after his death on July 8 last year

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