It was June this year and Sam Bulmer was packing up in her Queensland home when she felt a shooting pain in her stomach and her leg went numb.
She was 37-weeks pregnant and rushed to the hospital.
“Every single nerve in my body was electrocuted, like hot fireworks going off inside me,” she told Channel Nine’s A Current Affair on Monday night’s episode.
Scans showed Bulmer had an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) – or a bundle of abnormal veins – wrapped around her spinal chord.
The uterus had been applying pressure to the AVM, causing it to rupture and bleed into her spine, rendering the new mum paralysed.
"You're just thinking, this can't be permanent," she said. "The worst sentence was: 'you're never going to walk again and we need to deliver your baby as soon as possible'."
Though her daughter River was delivered successfully, Bulmer has been left with no movement except for in her arms and a "few abs".
As well as this, Bulmer's partner - River's father - has left the pair and Bulmer is in a rehabilitation centre trying to gain the strength to live independently.