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AFL star Rory Sloane on the heartbreaking stillbirth of his son Leo

AFL star Rory Sloane says wife Belinda is the ‘bravest person’ he has ever met as he discusses the heartbreaking stillbirth of their first child Leo

AFL star Rory Sloane and his wife Belinda Riverso tragically lost their first child, Leo, to a stillbirth in 2018. 

In an interview with Stellar magazine for The Daily Telegraph this weekend, the 30-year-old Adelaide Crows captain candidly discussed the heartbreaking event. 

Rory described Belinda as the ‘most courageous and brave person’ he has ever met.  

Heartbreaking event: AFL star Rory Sloane described wife Belinda (both pictured) as the ‘bravest person’ he has ever met, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar magazine this weekend, as he discussed the heartbreaking stillbirth of their first child Leo in 2018 

‘My wife is unbelievable. We lost our first child Leo and she’s the most courageous and brave person I’ve come across in my time,’ he told the publication. 

The athlete added: ‘What she does for our family, I can never thank her enough in return, really.’ 

The couple lost Leo at 34 weeks, after scans revealed the baby had no heartbeat. 

Praise: 'My wife is unbelievable. We lost our first child Leo and she's the most courageous and brave person I've come across in my time,' the Adelaide Crows captain told the publication

Praise: ‘My wife is unbelievable. We lost our first child Leo and she’s the most courageous and brave person I’ve come across in my time,’ the Adelaide Crows captain told the publication

At the time, Rory announced the tragedy on his Instagram, sharing a photo of their son’s hand.  

‘Last week we said goodbye to our beautiful little man. Leo Rory Sloane was born into the world still, but perfect,’ he wrote.

‘Thanks for making us the proudest parents and filling our hearts with love beyond measure.

Heartbreaking: At the time, Rory announced the tragedy on his Instagram, sharing a photo of their son's hand

Heartbreaking: At the time, Rory announced the tragedy on his Instagram, sharing a photo of their son’s hand

Family: The pair have since become the proud parents of two other sons, Sonny and Bodhi (all pictured)

Family: The pair have since become the proud parents of two other sons, Sonny and Bodhi (all pictured) 

‘The moments we had with you are now beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.’

The couple tied the knot on a farm in Byron Bay, in New South Wales in 2016 and have since become the proud parents of two other sons, Sonny and Bodhi.

Both boys have ‘Leo’ as their middle name.  

For confidential support, please visit Stillbirth Foundation Australia or SANDS. 

Wed! The couple tied the knot on a farm in Byron Bay, in New South Wales in 2016. Mr and Mrs Sloane were joined by a number of high profile AFL stars such as Adelaide Crows veteran Scott Thompson (middle)

Wed! The couple tied the knot on a farm in Byron Bay, in New South Wales in 2016. Mr and Mrs Sloane were joined by a number of high profile AFL stars such as Adelaide Crows veteran Scott Thompson (middle)

The full interview: Rory's comments are featured in Stellar magazine, in this weekend's The Sunday Telegraph

The full interview: Rory’s comments are featured in Stellar magazine, in this weekend’s The Sunday Telegraph

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