Bird To The Rescue: Woman Shares Inspiring Story Of How A Magpie Saved Her Life After A Devastating Accident
September 28, 2018 11:37 By Mambee
For Sam Bloom, life was beautiful. She was happily married to the love of her life, Cameron, and together they had three gorgeous sons. To get away from the stress of everyday life, the family went out to Thailand for a vacation, but things soon turned south.
Our story certainly isn’t unique in terms of tragedy or hardship, we all fall on tough times and face challenges throughout our lives. But caring for Penguin enabled Sam to heal - first emotionally, then physically - and made all of us acutely aware how vital nature is to your mental health and well-being. Sam nursing a baby butcher bird while our latest rescued Magpie chicks, Puffin and Panda, practice their take-offs by launching off her head. @bbcearth @samjbloom #penguinbloom #realhappiness
Tragedy struck when Sam fell off the balcony of a two-storey building after the steel and timber safety fence collapsed. In that instant, their entire world came crashing down.
She suffered a fractured skull, ruptured lungs, of which one totally collapsed, and a shattered spine at the T6 and T7 below her shoulder blade. Sam was covered in a pool of blood that had her husband and sons terrified.
She was taken to the hospital and was hit with the devastating news that she would never walk again.
With every Penguin Bloom book sold 10% of our royalties go towards finding a cure for people living with a spinal cord injury. As the book is soon to be published in the UK, North America, Germany, Japan and Korea, we are so pleased to have partnered with many of the best spinal research organizations in the world that will one day make this happen. Happy 45th birthday Sammy @samjbloom @reevefoundation @wingsforlife @spinalcure
After seven months, Sam came back home from the hospital, but that did not ease the emotional pain she was going through. Cameron and their sons did all they could to make her feel comfortable, but it was evident that, regardless of what they did, Sam was not the woman she had been before they embarked on that holiday.
Not being very religious, they prayed to whoever could hear to bring Sam back to her joyful vibrant self. Fortunately, their prayers were answered, but in the most unlikely way.
Our book begins with one of the most beautiful poems. FAMILY As people know in black Africa and indigenous America, your family is your entire village with all its inhabitants, living or dead. Your relatives aren’t only human. Your family also speaks to you in the crackling of the fire, in the murmur of running water, in the breathing of the forest, in the voices of the wind, in the fury of thunder, in the rain that kisses you and in the birdsong that greets your footsteps. Eduardo Galeano
One fateful day, Noah, her middle son, found an injured magpie chick that had fallen out of its nest. In a way, the magpie was just like Sam, seeing how it had encountered an accident of its own.
Despite the dark situation Sam and her loved ones were in, they decided to adopt the little bird and nurse it back to proper health.
It was named Penguin by the boys, and it soon became a part of the Bloom family. Everyone had a connection with Penguin, but it was nothing compared to what Sam shared with her. Because Penguin needed extra care, Sam’s motherly instincts kicked in and she began tending to the little bird. At that moment, she started feeling like she mattered and was contributing to something bigger than herself. The statement "helping others feel better is the best way to help oneself" held true in Sam’s life.
Sam, the boys and I are so excited to finally announce that our book, Penguin Bloom written by Bradley Trevor Greive will be made into a Hollywood film staring Naomi Watts as Sam. “Sam’s undeniable spirit and the intense physical and emotional journey she and her family embraced resonated with me both as a storyteller and as a mother,” Naomi will co produce alongside Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Emma Cooper. This is also a wonderful opportunity for us to support the vital research being undertaken by our partners at @spinalcure @reevefoundation @wingsforlife
In no time, as Penguin got better, Sam got better. She became more dedicated to her physiotherapy routines than before and strived to improve her health.
Although Sam never got to walk, she felt more alive than she had ever felt since the accident. Penguin eventually overcame her injuries and flew away to start a life of her own in the wild. By this time, Sam was already a winner of two national Kayaking titles and was on her way to competing in the world championship as a member of the Australian para-canoe team.
It's finally here! Oli and Panda holding our wonderful North American edition just released today published by Atria books with a percentage of every copy sold supporting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation's innovative research to find cures for spinal cord injury. @samjbloom @reevefoundation @tasmanian_grizzly @atriabooks #penguinthemagpie
Sam, her husband, and writer Bradley Trevor Greive penned her inspiring story in a book titled ‘Penguin Bloom’. Sam’s experience is one of the unique tales of how humans and animals connect to restore each other!