In December 2003, she survived a car crashing into her childcare centre. She sustained burns to 85% of her body and it took six months of recovery before she could go home. Keep in mind she was two years old at the time and ended up losing both her feet, one hand and her right ear.
Seeing a gap in the system to support parents and families of kids who survive serious accidents, Sophie’s parents founded the Day of Difference foundation.
Not to be held back, Sophie started school in January of 2006. Five months later, while crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing in her wheelchair with her Nanny and assistance dog, Tara, Sophie was hit by a car. She sustained injuries including, but not limited to, a broken shoulder and jaw, and she suffered a heart attack.
She was back at school in July of the same year. What a champion effort by her family, friends, specialists and therapists.
Nine years on and Sophie has been on numerous TV shows talking about her road to recovery, she has a book called Sophie’s Journey written by Sally Collings, and is taking an active role in her family’s foundation.
In loving memory of Sophie’s assistance dog, Tara, Day of Difference is giving kids in hospitals the chance to have a fluffy cuddle buddy thanks to the generous donations from the public. For more information head here
Here’s a clip from Studio 10 of Sophie talking about the Tara hug buddies
There is also a bike ride coined Distance for a Difference Tour, happening in March of this year. For more information go here. I think you’d all agree Sophie is an incredibly courageous young woman and should be recognised for beating the odds.
By Sally Collings
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by HarperCollins Australia (first published May 1st 2007)
ISBN 0732285534 (ISBN13: 9780732285531)