Life After Penguin Bloom

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Life After Penguin Bloom

In 2013, Sam Bloom was on holidays in Thailand when the balcony she was standing on collapsed. Sam fell twenty feet and crashed onto the blue tiles below. Her three young sons saw the whole thing.

Sam survived but for a while, she wished she hadn’t. Paralysed from the chest down, Sam and her family had to adjust to a new life. One without surfing, running and independence. But then an injured magpie, called Penguin, turned her life around. 

She joins Mia to chat about her extraordinary tale of tragedy and resilience.

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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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