Pullin, a two-time world champion snowboarder died while spearfishing in his native Australia in July 2020.
The snowboarder, 32, was the Australian flag bearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and competed in three Olympics in total. He was known as an experienced diver and had previously posted about his passion for spearfishing on social media.
“We would have tried for a few more months if he was still around, then 100 percent gone into IVF. That was always the plan,” she said.
The pair’s baby, Minnie Alex Pullin, was conceived via IVF (in vitro fertilization) and was born on October 25. Ellidy said: “We did that sperm retrieval process, of course, because Chump passed away, to get his sperm. The doctor did hand select the best viable sperm out of the millions and popped it straight into the egg.”
Before his death, Pullin was understood to be free diving and spearfishing.
Another diver found Pullin unconscious without an oxygen mask, Gold Coast Police District Duty Officer Chris Tritton told CNN affiliate 9 News at the time, adding that the snowboarder appeared to be diving alone at the time.
Pullin was unconscious when he was brought to shore, according to 9 News. Emergency services performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 45 minutes but couldn’t save his life.