In 2003 a brave little toddler captured thousands of Aussie hearts as she fought to survive after a car crashed into her NSW childcare centre and caught alight. That day, two-year-old Sophie Delezio suffered burns to 85 percent of her body as she was trapped under the burning vehicle.
But this wasn’t to be her final challenge. Three years later, the Sydney girl was hit by a car as her nanny pushed her wheelchair across the road and badly injured.
Now, Sophie is an upbeat teenager, recovering more with each surgery and finding her independence.
During an interview on the Today show this week, the 17-year-old spoke about how thrilled she was to be getting her driver’s licence after getting 120 hours of driving experience as a learner.
“I need help most of the time just to drive me around because it’s harder for me to catch transport so just the fact that I’d be able to take myself places and not having to ask for that extra assistance,” she said.
Sophie’s description to Today host Georgie Gardner of her life right now sounds a lot like any other teenager.
“I’m currently completing year 12 and I am still rowing, and acting, and just trying to get through this year.”
But for Sophie, this time it’s made harder by the injuries she suffered in the two near-fatal accidents.