History's HEROES? Dated 2001 -

Sophie Delezio

Created by

Bec Hope

Location

Sydney
Lives there

Achievements

  • Surviving both accidents.

Characteristics

  • Brave / Courageous
  • Perseverant / Tenacious (keeps going despite challenges)
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Determined

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Day of Difference

Survived two horrific car accidents

Sophie Delezio was just a perfectly normal two year old girl. However, on Monday the 15th December 2003, she was sleeping at her child care centre next to her best friend when a car ploughed into the wall, landed on top of Sophie and her friend Molly and caught fire. Sophie suffered third degree burns to 85% of her body. Doctors had no choice but to amputate the worst affected parts, which were both of her feet, the fingers on her right hand, and her right ear. Sophie spent six months in hospital and was released on the 21st of June 2004. She managed to get on with her life, learning to walk with artificial legs less than a year after the accident, and starting school in January 2006. However, just two and a half years after her first accident, on Friday 5th of May 2006 tragedy struck again. Sophie was being pushed across the road in a wheelchair when a car ploughed into her, throwing Sophie 20 metres. She suffered horrific injuries including nine broken ribs, a punctured lung, a slight brain injury and a broken collarbone. This time she spent five weeks in hospital recovering. Luckily, no lasting damage was left, and she could continue her rehabilitation from the earlier accident. Today Sophie is a bright and bubbly thirteen year old, who enjoys shopping, singing and rowing. She has had over 100 skin graft operations since her first accident, but continues to stay strong.

Life in Sophie Delezio's world

It must have been very scary to be trapped under a car, and to have no feet. Sophie has had to relearn many things such as how to walk.

Was Sophie Delezio a Hero?

  • Because she survived two accidents, and nobody expected her to.

Things you might not know about Sophie Delezio

Sophie continues to have major surgery every few months to release skin grafts. The bones in what remains of her legs also need trimming, as the skin has stopped growing but the bones have not.
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