Anthony Albanese’s heartbreaking tribute to his mother who died after going to hospital on Mother’s Day

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Anthony Albanese reveals why Mother’s Day is the hardest day of the year to celebrate – he shares rare photos of his late mother

  • Labor leader Anthony Albanese has shared a heartbreaking tribute to his mother
  • She was hospitalized on Mother’s Day 20 years ago and never returned home
  • Mr. Albanese grew up as an only child with his single mother in social housing

Anthony Albanese has shared a heartbreaking tribute to his mother 20 years after she tragically died of a brain aneurysm.

The Labor leader grew up an only child with his single mother Maryanne Ellery – who was on a disability pension – in council housing in Camperdown, Sydney.

Mr Albanese revealed how she was rushed to hospital on Mother’s Day in 2002 after brain aneurism before dying two weeks later.

Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese (right) with mother Maryanne Ellery and son Nathan

Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese (right) with mother Maryanne Ellery and son Nathan

Mr Albanese said Mother's Day was 'difficult' for him because his mother Maryanne (pictured) went to hospital 20 years ago and did not return that day.

Mr Albanese said Mother's Day was 'difficult' for him because his mother Maryanne (pictured) went to hospital 20 years ago and did not return that day.

Mr Albanese said Mother’s Day was ‘difficult’ for him because his mother Maryanne (pictured) went to hospital 20 years ago and did not return that day.

‘Mother’s Day is such a special day, but for me and many others it is always a bit difficult. Mother’s Day was the day my mother went to the hospital and never came back, ‘Albanese wrote on Twitter.

He said he flew to Sydney from Canberra to take Mrs. Ellery and her sister Margaret to a Mother’s Day lunch.

“When I got to her home in Camperdown, I knew something wasn’t right. The front door had been left open. ‘

After decades of health problems, Mother had a brain aneurysm and was rushed to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Mom would have to stay in the hospital for two weeks before she finally passed away. ‘

The Labor leader (right) grew up in council housing with his single mother (left) in Sydney

The Labor leader (right) grew up in council housing with his single mother (left) in Sydney

The Labor leader (right) grew up in council housing with his single mother (left) in Sydney

Mr. Albanian (left) said Ms. Ellery (right) had brain aneurism on Mother's Day in 2002

Mr. Albanian (left) said Ms. Ellery (right) had brain aneurism on Mother's Day in 2002

Mr. Albanian (left) said Ms. Ellery (right) had brain aneurism on Mother’s Day in 2002

Mrs. Ellery died on May 25 and in the twenty years since Mr. Albanese said he visited her cemetery every Mother’s Day to “remember how much she sacrificed” for him.

Mama has always given me unconditional love. And I feel very privileged to have had that, ”he wrote.

Albanian has been the leader of the opposition since 2019, after the Labor government lost elections to the Liberal Party.

The Labor leader recently suffered another loss as his 30-year-old wife Carmel Tebbutt left him on New Year’s Day in 2020.

Mr. Albanese believed that his Italian father Carlo Albanese was dead until he was 15 years old, and did not meet him until the age of 46 in 2009, seven years after his mother’s death.

Carlo died in 2014.

Mrs. Ellery (pictured with Nathan) died on May 25, 2002, two weeks after being hospitalized

Mrs. Ellery (pictured with Nathan) died on May 25, 2002, two weeks after being hospitalized

Mrs. Ellery (pictured with Nathan) died on May 25, 2002, two weeks after being hospitalized

Mr. Albanese said his mother (pictured with her grandson Nathan) “sacrificed” a lot for him

ANTHONY ALBANESE’S DEDICATION TO HIS MUM

Mother’s Day is such a special day, but for me and many others it is always a bit difficult. Mother’s Day was the day my mother went to the hospital and never came back.

I remember it was a Sunday in the fall of 2002. I had just flown back to Sydney from Canberra to take my mother Maryanne and her sister Margaret for Mother’s Day lunch. When I got to her home in Camperdown, I knew something was wrong. The front door had been left open.

After decades of health problems, Mother suffered from brain aneurism and was rushed to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Mama would spend two weeks in the hospital before finally passing away. In those two weeks we said goodbye – twice. Both times she got through – she was a real fighter.

She didn’t make it the third time. Maryanne Albanese died on May 25, 2002. Every Mother’s Day I visit the cemetery where Mommy is and I remember how much she sacrificed for me.

Mama had rheumatoid arthritis that left her joints crippled and unable to work. She lived on a disability pension. Life wasn’t easy, and her health made it even more difficult – but thanks to her, we got through it.

We lived in social housing, which gave us a sense of security and stability. It was our home. She taught me how to save – and how to spend wisely – because every dollar had to count. She also taught me the most important lesson of all: the importance of not leaving anyone behind.

The truth is, Mama was left behind – by people who counted her, and by governments who stopped support. The cuts that happened during Mom’s lifetime meant she had to justify the support she received. When health funding was cut, the quality of maternal care was also lowered.

And when they tried to sell our town hall, it felt like our house was being taken from us.

I know the difference governments can make in people’s lives because I’ve lived it. Mama lived it. It’s what motivated me to get into politics. To help people. To make people’s lives better. To make sure no one is left behind.

Mama has always given me unconditional love. And I feel very privileged to have had that. Mothers are really special. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.

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