This is a thread about the incredible will-power and human spirit surrounding the astounding young Australia girl, Sophie Delezio. Whenever I think
I've had a crap day, I remember little Sophie and my problems seems insignificant. So, here we go!
This story begins way back in 2003 when a horrific accident occurred at a Sydney day-care centre. Sophie was taking a nap along with other kids, when
all of a sudden a car came crashing into the building and burst into flames. Although others were injuring, it was Sophie who copped it worse.
She was trapped under the burning car and suffered burns to 85% of her body and lost both her feet, some fingers and an ear. But she survived.
It wasn't just that she survived, her bravery to watch on TV at the time was just incredible as she dealt with operation after operation of skin
grafts. All the medical staff were amazed at how well she dealt with her adversity, and she captured Australia's hearts.
My own kids at Halloween dress up and we take a big bag of lollies with us. When we knock instead of asking for lollies, my kids ask for a donation
towards Sophie and if they donate we give them a lolly instead We do it this way because Halloween is more an American tradition, but this gives
it an Aussie stamp to it as Aussies love to help out battlers. We've raised and donated over $500 over the years! Anyway, back to the story!
Incredibly tragedy struck poor Sophie again in 2006 when she was being taken across a crossing with her assistance dog and carer when an elderly
driver crashed into Sophie.
On 5 May 2006 Sophie made national headlines a second time when she was again badly injured in a road accident. While being pushed across a
pedestrian crossing in a wheelchair (by her nanny with her service dog Tara by her side) near her home in Sydney's northern beaches, she was hit by a
car and thrown 18 metres. Sophie suffered a heart attack, a broken jaw, a broken shoulder, bruising to her head, numerous rib fractures and a tear to
her left lung. She was treated at the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.
But this little hero survived. What terrible luck she had, the chances of this happening start to nag at you thinking the universe must either want
her dead. Maybe the universe did this for a reason, maybe she was the only kid who could triumph with all this adversity?? The family believe it to
be a miracle of Mary McKillop, perhaps it is? Personally though I just think it was incredible bad luck.
Normally, these things are a senseless punishment of the worse kind, but I mentioned her as a hero before, this is because the first accident was
considered blameless (as the driver had a seizure) so she was left with huge medical bills which were covered by the drivers 3rd Party insurance.
Had it not been so public, I doubt insurance would have covered her costs and in light of that Sophie (with help) was able to create the Day of
Difference foundation which helps cover costs of kids who suffer from tragic blameless accidents. Day of Difference
She could have sat and sulked, but she made a difference in this world, what a champ! But, not to rest on her laurels, she has been an Ambassador for
World Youth Day, and received numerous citizen awards.
Now, she has set her sights on competing as a swimmer in the Paralympics!
So, when you think you've had a tough day, think of Sophie.
Thank you for posting this. Damn, tried not to cry but...it is people like Sophie who make us remember life isn't about everything negative. We all
can learn something about hope and perseverance from the smallest ones in this life. Thank you.
Your right, no one should have to, but I can't help but feel she was chosen to go through this (skin grafts every year as she grows as well) only
because she had the strength to endure it. Which is odd for me, as I'm in no way religious... Just something about her has made my life all the
more better thinking of her endurance and tenacity to just get on with things.
There was actually a (Australian Channel 7) TV production about her called "True Stories", but I was unable to find it online. If anyone finds it
please add it in!
Still no luck in finding the video, but I was saddened to learn about Sophies sister. Sophies older sister it seems suffered sexual abuse from a
neighbour and a troubled relationship with her father (who has won a father of the year award...). She ended up a street kid, and has been abandoned
by her father. Sexual abuse has ruined her life and she ended up dealing drugs with her ex-police partner.
Terribly sad, I hope she is able to make peace again in her world like her younger sister.
Firstly, this is the kind of story that really makes you feel small and put into perspective all the 'bad' things that could happen to yourself.
Moreover, and it's a delicate point, but maybe precisely to show both her pain and her courage will have positive results on lots of people behaviour
and way of thinking.
She physically gave lots of herself and there's no doubt that she's stronger than ever and have, even subconsciously, lot of influence on people that
heard and read her story.
In that sense, she's really myhero ("Tells the stories of ordinary people who have accomplished
extraordinary things.") far more than all these celebrities.
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She became entwined in the Aussie consciousness so much. On tv almost nightly for months, but she kept on battling.
When news of her second accident came about, the whole nation was stunned.
How unluckily she had been, both elderly drivers, the chances of it were freakish. The outpouring of emotion really did touch all our hearts, 2
million was raised for her charity and she is always in the spotlight doing good.
Thank you for posting this, now i feel like an idiot every time i complain about something stupid. I feel so sorry for what this little girl has had
to endure but the way she has gone through it with such strength and courage is amazing. I doubt i would be able to handle those circumstances the
way she has, very inspirational
Thanks for the thread bump zazz! It's been too long since I've thought about Sophie. That smile is what happens whenever I think about her
positive attitude and willpower.
I've actually had a really long day travelling to find a new cushion for my wheelchair. I've been in pain and was pretty fed up by the time I got
home, and pop on to catch up with ATS and see this thread again. You've made me realise how pathetic I am for whinging to myself! So, knowing Sophie
can do so much more - I'm going to keep on powering through the day with a smile!
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Actually, I'm still thanking you zazza! I thought I'd see what she's been up to the last couple of years, and (I'm guessing your from Oz as well)
can you believe her accident was 10 years ago now?!
She's got an assistance dog now called Willow with her, and she's started high school! Here's a new video of her (you wont believe how much she's
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