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Paralympian left wheelchair-bound when she accidentally SHOT herself makes her runway debut – after being told disabled people ‘couldn’t model’

  • Samanta Bullock became paralysed at the age of 14 after shooting herself   
  • She had been handling her father’s shotgun when it accidentally went off 
  • Dreamed of being a model but was told she couldn’t do it in a wheelchair 
  • Last month made her debut on the runway at London Fashion Week  

A Paralympian who was left paralysed after shooting herself with a shotgun has achieved her dream of appearing at Fashion Week after being told wheelchair users couldn’t model.

Samanta Bullock, 39, from Mortlake, London, always longed to walk the catwalk for the infamous international event but was frequently rejected and told it was due to being ‘disabled’.

Wheelchair model London Fashion Week Disabled Samanta Bullock

Wheelchair Model

While admiring and playing with her father’s shotgun, it accidentally fired paralysing her and nearly claimed her life.

She was lucky to survive her accident at 14, when she accidentally shot herself with her father’s shotgun, severing her spinal cord as well as damaging her liver and pancreas.

Samanta said: ‘I was playing with my father’s gun and I shot myself by mistake, it was very sad what happened.

‘The bullet hit my spine and severed my spinal cord as well as hitting the liver, pancreas and other areas, it was a miracle I survived.

‘I was so panicked, thinking I was going to die at the time that when I was told that I would never walk again before my operation it didn’t matter.’

For years she underwent rehabilitation and physiotherapy to regain the strength to perform basic activities like sitting up, moving from bed to chair and more.

She went on to become the best wheelchair tennis player in Brazil, competing internationally but had her modeling dreams cast aside after being rejected because she couldn’t ‘walk’.


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