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Mitch Wallis and his wife welcome their second child after family tragedy

AFL star and his wife announce the birth of their second child just days after her mother was hit and killed by a car: ‘William will grow under the watchful eye of his nana’

  • Western Bulldogs player Mitch Wallis has welcomed a son with his wife Emily
  • William was born on Sunday morning by a ‘powerful, beautiful, loving mum’ 
  • Just seven days ago Emily’s mother had been hit by a car and died in hospital
  • The personal tragedy was acknowledged in Mitch’s baby announcement 
  • He wrote: ‘William is and will continue to be a pillar for healing for our family’ 

An AFL star and his wife have welcomed their second child into the world despite losing a core member of their family just three days before.

Western Bulldogs player Mitch Wallis, 29, and Emily Wallis looked overjoyed in pictures snapped in Sunshine Hospital, Melbourne, with their new bundle of joy, William, who was born on Sunday morning.

But it comes just days after Emily lost her mother in a fatal hit-and-run incident on Thursday that has left the sport-minded family reeling with shock and grief, something Mitch acknowledged in his son’s birth announcement on Sunday night. 

Western Bulldogs player Mitch Wallis, 29, and Emily Wallis looked overjoyed in pictures snapped in Sunshine Hospital, Melbourne, with their new bundle of joy, William

There was also a tentative shot of Mitch holding his pregnant wife as she laboured in a bath tub inside their hospital room

Their first child, a daughter named Charlotte, could be seen holding her new baby brother in pictures taken by Mitch and shared with his following on Instagram

Their first child, a daughter named Charlotte, could be seen holding her new baby brother in pictures taken by Mitch and shared with his following on Instagram

'Born 4.1kg this morning by a powerful, beautiful and loving mum,' the footballer wrote

‘Born 4.1kg this morning by a powerful, beautiful and loving mum,’ the footballer wrote

‘Born 4.1kg this morning by a powerful, beautiful and loving mum,’ the footballer wrote.

‘We are pouring our energy into our miracle. We feel blessed to be inundated with words of strength, care and support over the past week.

‘William is and will continue to be a pillar for healing for our family as he grows under the watchful eye of his nana.’

Their first child, a daughter named Charlotte, could be seen holding her new baby brother in pictures taken by Mitch and shared with his following on Instagram.

But it comes just days after Emily lost her mother in a fatal hit-and-run incident on Thursday that has left the sport-minded family reeling with shock and grief, something Mitch acknowledged in his son's birth announcement on Sunday night

But it comes just days after Emily lost her mother in a fatal hit-and-run incident on Thursday that has left the sport-minded family reeling with shock and grief, something Mitch acknowledged in his son’s birth announcement on Sunday night

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge acknowledged Wallis's mother-in-law's shock death after Saturday's loss to the Crows - a game Mitch Wallis missed to be with his loved ones.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge acknowledged Wallis’s mother-in-law’s shock death after Saturday’s loss to the Crows – a game Mitch Wallis missed to be with his loved ones.

There was also a tentative shot of Mitch holding his pregnant wife as she laboured in a bath tub inside their hospital room. 

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge acknowledged Wallis’s mother-in-law’s shock death after Saturday’s loss to the Crows – a game Mitch Wallis missed to be with his loved ones.

‘Your football club is like a second home,’ he said. ‘Everyone feels that and is really emotional around what’s happening with Mitch and Emily and their families.’

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