A mother who was left paralysed after giving birth to her first child has claimed she will face parenthood alone because her condition was ‘too much’ for her partner.
Sam Bulmer has been confined to a wheelchair after she was diagnosed with a rare condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM) – a tangle of abnormal blood vessels wrapped around a spine or spinal cord.
At 37 weeks pregnant, the Queensland woman started experiencing numbness in her leg and excruciating stomach pain before she was rushed to hospital in June.
After her baby daughter River was successfully delivered, the young mother was told she would never walk again after she couldn’t feel her legs.
But Ms Bulmer was left reeling again after the father of her daughter ended the relationship because he was struggling to cope with her crippling condition, she claimed.
‘I think this was all too much for him,’ Ms Bulmer told A Current Affair.
‘It’s just going to be River and I tackling this together.’
After feeling an immense shooting pain down her spine, she was rushed to hospital where scans found the veins had bled into her spine, causing paralysis.