Penguin Bloom: The Origin Story

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Penguin Bloom: The Origin Story

This interview was originally published in 2016...

In 2013, mother-of-three Sam Bloom’s world changed.

A freak accident on a family holiday in Thailand left her paralysed from the chest down.

Her three young sons and her husband Cameron rallied around her. But it wasn’t until the family found a baby magpie who had fallen from his tree that things started looking up for the Blooms.

Cameron wrote about Penguin, the Magpie who pulled his family from a dark, dark place.

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Host: Mia Freedman. You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her newsletter here.

With thanks to our guest, Sam Bloom:

Producer: Melanie Sauer

Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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