Hi-5 star Lauren Brant has gives birth to her third child with AFL legend Barry Hall.
On Sunday, the 32-year-old confirmed the arrival of their ‘beautiful baby boy’ on Instagram, before revealing his name to be a tribute to her late sister-in-law, Sandra.
‘Samson Andy Hall,’ Lauren confirmed. ‘Our beautiful baby boy arrived Earth Side 26/10/2021, at 6.18am as a perfect 3.535kg & 51cm bundle.
Baby joy! Hi-5 star Lauren Brant has gives birth to her third child with AFL legend Barry Hall. The pair already proud parents to sons Houston, two, and Miller, four (pictured)
‘We have been in a complete love bubble of newborn smells, noises, kisses and cuddles.’
The proud parents added that their sons Miller, four, and Houston, two, are ‘besotted with their baby brother and our hearts are just SO full.’
‘Thank you for your well-wishes, love & support while we took some time off the grid…and now be prepared for lots of baby squish on your feed.’
She also posted the reason behind the name Samson, confirming it is in homage to Sandra who tragically died in March following her second battle with stage four bowel cancer.
‘This baby boy gave us the strength to appreciate, respect and surrender to both the gift and impermanence of life,’ she wrote.
Tribute: She also posted the reason behind the name Samson, confirming it is in homage to Sandra who tragically died in March following her second battle with stage four bowel cancer
‘We were blessed with him a few days before our beautiful Sandra passed. He was the light through our fried.’
She added that in choosing the name, she wanted to ‘honour our sons special connection to Sandy’, and felt a deeply spiritual week of ‘strong messages from her through symbols of sunshine and sunflowers being told to us via Miller and Houston’.
‘Out of nowhere, and as clear as daylight, the name Samson came to us,’ she added.
She said that his middle name is ‘Andy’, the same as his father – and when written with his first initial the name reads ‘S.Andy’.
‘Out of nowhere, and as clear as daylight, the name Samson came to us,’ Lauren added
Earlier this year, Barry and Lauren revealed they were secretly married and expecting their third child during an emotional interview on A Current Affair.
The pair became visibly emotional as they confirmed they had tied the knot in February, with the wedding taking place so that Sandra could attend.
Sandra, who was 41, was able to be Lauren’s maid of honour during the ceremony – which happened just two weeks before her tragic death on March 4 following her second battle with stage four bowel cancer.
Emotional: Barry and Lauren revealed they were secretly married and expecting their third child during an emotional interview on A Current Affair. Pictured: Barry proposing to Lauren in hospital beside her terminally ill sister-in-law, Sandra
In heartbreaking scenes, Lauren was seen speaking to Sandra in her hospital bed after it became clear she would not win her fight with the disease.
Lauren said: ‘Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married and there were three things I knew for certain – there would be me, my mum, and my sister as my maid of honour. So… will you be my maid of honour?’
Sandra, who was married to Lauren’s brother Tyron, excitedly replied: ‘Are you kidding me?’, before discovering the couple were set to elope within 24 hours with her by their side.
Bittersweet: Sandra was able to be Lauren’s maid of honour at the wedding – which took place two weeks before her tragic death on March 4
The show then cut to a clip of Barry proposing to his bride-to-be beside Sandra’s bed, where he said: ‘…instead of being partners in love, I think we should be husband and wife. Will you marry me?’
After a resounding yes, the family then headed off to the picturesque setting where Barry and Lauren legally tied the knot.
‘She was too weak to even walk, so [her husband Tyron Brant] had to carry her and stuff,’ Barry recalled in the interview through tears.
‘No matter what pain level she was in, she… it was pretty inspiring,’
Sandra tragically died two weeks after the pair’s wedding.
But before her death, she learned the incredible news that she had another nephew on the way to join Barry and Lauren’s two sons.
Love: Barry and Lauren eloped within 24 hours of the engagement, in a simple sunflower field surrounded by their family
‘She said she’ll say hi to him, and have a word with him and make sure he’s a good boy for mummy and daddy,’ Lauren emotionally added.
Sandra and her husband Tyron were high school sweethearts, and share two children together; Connor and Allegra.
Speaking about her surprise diagnosis in 2019, Lauren said: ‘We never thought it would happen to our family, we never thought it would happen to Sandra.
‘We never thought it would affect us to the stage of actually losing her and the thing is she could maybe be here with us if she detected it early enough.’
Sandra was officially declared cancer free in March 2020, but found out the devastating news that her cancer had returned just months later.
Prior to the emotional episode airing, Lauren urged her Instagram followers to trust their gut and see a doctor if they notice any unusual physical changes in their bodies.
Love: Sandra and her husband Tyron were high school sweethearts, and share two children together; Connor and Allegra
‘The symptoms are NOT obvious… They can be a persistent “niggle” that takes your life,’ she wrote.
‘If you are fighting cancer, survived cancer or know someone who’s life it took, please SHARE THE SYMPTOMS below to help spread the awareness.
‘Friends – no matter how minor your symptom is, get a second opinion, get all the tests – do not feel embarrassed or “over the top”! It’s your health, your body to look after.’
Broken: Barry couldn’t hold back the tears as the pair discussed the couple’s devastating loss in front of the nation
She continued: ‘Our beautiful Sandy had pain in her stomach for over a year. Her GP and other specialists diagnosed and treated her for: cramps, IBS and muscle issues. It was bowel cancer all along.’
‘When the unknown cancer spread to her hip bone, it was misdiagnosed as GERD [gastroesophageal reflux disease] and hip issues due to her running training.
‘Sandy was 38 with no history of cancer in her family. If she had been aware that bowel cancer affects young people, or knew of someone’s story, she may have done a test and may have been able to beat it and survive.
‘But it was detected too late for our darling Sandy, and left too long untreated. Awareness could have saved Sandy’s life.’
Tragic: Sandra died from bowel cancer on March 4. She was 41