Sophie Delezio has endured more challenges in her 17 years of life than most people would experience in a whole lifetime.

By the time she was five, Sophie had survived two near-fatal car accidents.

So where is she now?

“I’m currently completing year 12 and I am still rowing, and acting, and just trying to get through this year,” Sophie tells TODAY’S Georgie Gardner, in an exclusive interview.

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In 2003, Sophie was nearly killed when a car smashed through the wall of her childcare centre in Sydney’s northern beaches.

It landed on top of her and burst into flames. The little girl was covered in burns and lost both her feet, and one of her hands.

Just 3 years later the five-year-old was hit by a car at a pedestrian crossing, near her school.

Sophie has approached life with a positive attitude, despite the challenges.

“Knowing that I can’t change who I am, I just have to push through and get on with life,” she says.

“Each surgery I have makes it easier for me to move and do certain things so, just kind of that attitude of ‘just get through this so you can do this’.”

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Sophie has just turned 17 and now has her provisional driver’s license – a milestone she has been waiting to reach.

“I need help most of the time, just driving me around because it’s harder for me to catch public transport so just the fact that I’ll be able to take myself places and not having to ask for that extra assistance,” she says.

“I’m in heaven as long as I’m the one in the driver’s seat and in control I just love to drive,” she grins. “I enjoy the way it makes me feel – free!” she told Woman’s Day.

A very inspiring young lady.

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  • a great inspiration to all


  • Off to London to study at university. Glad she’s putting all that charity money she must’ve got to good use


  • Awwww Sophie, I just love her. She is the same age as my son, experiencing the same things. I followed her story from the beginning, have read her book, and can’t believe she’s now 17. Her story obviously resonated with me because my son was the same age, but it’s so great to see her living a normal and fulfilling life. Go Sophie!!


  • She is one very strong lady with a positive attitude. I can’t believe she is 17. She’ll get her licence I have no doubt. You go girl. You’re an inspiration to every one.


  • This is one young lady I really admire. She accepts what has happened to her and wears all her scars like a badge of pride and so she should. What a wonderful role model to other youngsters. She has risen above so many things – pity some of those being ‘cyber-bullied’ don’t look and read about this young woman – they might stop and think before taking their own life.


  • Sophie really is an inspiration to all of us.

    • I am in agreement and a wonderful young woman for other young women to know about too.


  • She’s absolutely Georgeous .she’s an amazing young woman now I remember her from media as a young little girls wow 17 years already wishing her all the best for the future and to stay awesome.shes a strong fighter.


  • So lovely to have an update on this remarkable young woman.


  • She’s absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to see where life takes her.


  • Aw wow, What an achievement ! Congrats Sophie, what an inspiring fighter you are !!


  • I am impressed at how she and her family coped.


  • Such a resilient girl. She achieved so much in her life. Congratulations!! :-)


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