'Broke my heart': NRL star's partner shares brutal hospital photo

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Tahlia Giumelli, the fiancee of NRL star Tom Burgess, has shared a heartbreaking photo of Burgess separated from his daughter due to coronavirus protocols in hospital. Pictures: Instagram/tahliagiumelli
Tahlia Giumelli, the fiancee of NRL star Tom Burgess, has shared a heartbreaking photo of Burgess separated from his daughter due to coronavirus protocols in hospital. Pictures: Instagram/tahliagiumelli

Tahlia Giumelli, the fiancee of NRL player Tom Burgess, has shared the difficult news of the pair’s second daughter Elodie has caught bronchitis just weeks after being born.

Giumelli and Burgess, who also have a one-year-old daughter, Sophie, shared news of Elodie’s birth last month.

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The newest addition to their family was born at just 36 weeks, with coronavirus protocols and Elodie’s subsequent bronchitis diagnosis forcing Burgess to remain separated behind a glass door.

“2020 is the gift that keeps on giving. Bronchitis for this little one,” Giumelli posted on Instagram.

“Thankfully have amazing nurses and doctors looking after her.

“She’s a trooper. The last month has had its challenges that’s for sure.

“Tom’s not allowed in the room until our covid test comes back but thankfully had coffee dropped off outside my door this morning.”

Battling with coronavirus protocols has been an added challenge for new parents in 2020, and while Giumelli said the couple had been able to battle through the year so far, the picture of Burgess standing outside the door had been confronting.

“I think this photo sums up a lot of parents’ experiences this year with their littles who have been sick and as a parent there’s nothing more painful then being apart from your child when you know they need you the most,” she said.

Giumelli and Burgess got engaged on New Year’s Eve last year.

Addo-Carr signs big NRL deal with Bulldogs

Canterbury have landed the hottest signature in the NRL with representative star Josh Addo-Carr joining the club on a four-year deal from 2022.

It's understood the Bulldogs deal is worth around $500,000 per season, making him one of the highest paid wingers in the game - a worthy price tag for his star power.

The NSW and Australia speedster was set to leave Melbourne at the end of this year but decided to remain with the Storm for one more season after winning the 2020 premiership.

It's a massive boost for the Bulldogs who have started a rebuild for 2021 under new coach Trent Barrett.

The 25-year-old was one of the most sought after players on the NRL market after a deal to join the Wests Tigers next season fell through.

Addo-Carr made his debut with the Tigers in 2016 and signed a heads of agreement to return to Concord in 2021, but the Tigers were unwilling to swap a player of equal calibre to get the deal done.

He was also linked with a move to South Sydney where NSW Origin teammates Damien Cook, Cody Walker and good friend Latrell Mitchell are on the books.

However, he was impressed during a tour of the facilities at Belmore over the off-season.

His addition to the backline has been touted by the club as a huge vote of confidence in a new direction for the Bulldogs.

"Having someone like Josh choose to join the Bulldogs after being the target of a number of clubs is another sign that we are gradually piecing together a squad that has the right mix of experience and quality," Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill said.

With AAP

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