Inspirational burn victim Sophie Delezio, 19, who survived two horrific car accidents as a child, reveals why she is GRATEFUL that her life has been marred by tragedy
- Sophie Delezio says that happiness is a choice and that we should all look at the positives
- At the age of two, Sophie was trapped under a burning car and sustained severe burns
- Before she was six, she was thrown 18 meters after being hit by a motorist
- Despite her pain and suffering, Sophie says she is grateful for her experiences
A young burn victim who survived two horrific car accidents before she was six has discovered why she considers herself lucky.
Sophie Delezio, now 19, captured the hearts of Australians as a two-year-old when she was left with horrific burns after being trapped under a burning car that collided with a daycare center in Sydney.
Although Sophie lost many of her fingers and both feet, one ear, and burned 85 percent of her body, most Australians remember her happy smile after the shocking accident.
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Sophie Delezio (photo at 19) appeared on the ABC program Anh’s Brush of Fame to discuss her life
The girl captured the hearts of millions of Australians after surviving two near-fatal incidents while a child (pictured at the 2005 Variety Heart Awards)
After a remarkable recovery, tragedy struck again in 2006 when Sophie was thrown 18 meters from her wheelchair at a pedestrian crossing.
In the second incident, she had a fractured jaw, collarbone, nine fractured ribs, punctured lungs, two fractured vertebrae, and brain injury.
Despite all this, she says she is grateful.
“Everything you go through there will always be positive, even if you may not see it at the time,” Sophie told comedian Anh Do on the ABC program Anh’s Brush of Fame.
Sophie Delezio (pictured) moved to London to pursue her dreams of living abroad independently after miraculously surviving two near-fatal car accidents as a child
The then-two-year-old continued to fight for her life at the age of two after being trapped under a burning car that crashed into her daycare center in 2003 (photo left hospital after recovering from the horrific crash in 2004)
‘At the time of the accident, my parents could only see the horror of what happened next … and it was terrible. But look how much positivity it has brought.
‘Everything is a choice. You can choose not to see the positive in things. You can choose to focus only on the negatives and wallow in pity.
“Anyone can mourn, but you also have to look at the beauty of the world.”
Sophie, now 19 years old, has just returned to Australia after a short study in sociology and international relations at the University of London in the UK.
“Sophie is a very determined young woman,” her proud father Ron told The Weekly before her departure last year.
Sophie, now 19 years old, has just returned to Australia after studying sociology and international relations at the University of London in the UK.
Sophie (photo) says that happiness is a choice and that there is always a positive side to every situation
‘She has had to be determined and strong all her life. After all she has endured over the past 15 years, her life is just a testament to how determined she really is.
“She’s had a plan to live abroad for at least a few years now, and she’s been working quietly toward that goal the whole time.”
Happiness is a choice according to Sophie, who says that there is always a positive side to every situation.
‘I’ve been through a lot and I’ve suffered a lot. I’ve been in pain and it’s awful, but I have to look at all the joy that has happened, ”she said.
Comedian Anh Do painted this beautiful portrait of the inspiring Sophie Delezio
The Sydney resident temporarily said goodbye to her parents Carolyn and Ron and her brother Mitchell (pictured) to embark on her new adventure
Using prosthetic legs and her motorized wheelchair, she has explored the UK with friends, went to musicals and recently even made a trip to Greece (photo)