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Old 05-05-2006, 06:51 AM   #1
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How much can one little girl suffer?

I dont know if the rest of Australia even heard about Sophie and Molly when they suffered massive burns from a car that ploughed into her daycare centre a few years back, but now poor little Sophie is suffering again from being hit by a car outside her school. The media has kept up with these 2 little ones and only a few months back showed them bravely starting school. An update on the tv has just said her injuries aren't as severe as initially thought, so this is great news. I just can't believe this though. How much does this poor child have to suffer?

Burns girl Sophie fights for life
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Sophie Delezio, the five-year-old Sydney girl who suffered horrific injuries when a vehicle ploughed into her daycare centre in 2003, is again fighting for her life after being struck by a car.

Ron Delezio said his daughter was hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing on Frenchs Forest Road in Seaforth, in Sydney's north, about 4pm (AEST) Friday.

Sophie, who had been in a push-chair at the time, was thrown 18 metres by the impact, an ambulance officer on the scene said.

An ambulance spokeswoman said the five-year-old suffered head, facial, chest and leg injuries and was airlifted to Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick, where doctors described her condition as critical.

The hospital's acting executive director Dr Michael Brydon said the medical team was having difficulty stabilising Sophie, who was on life support.

"She is very critical, she is on life support, and she is being very well-managed from a pain point of view," Dr Brydon told reporters.

"At this stage, it is a little bit early to tell you the extent of them (her injuries) but she certainly has head injuries and chest injuries which are quite significant.

"She has had a very significant injury and we are worried about her. Her condition has not stabilised."

Sophie lost both feet, some fingers and suffered third-degree burns to 85 per cent of her body when she was trapped under a car that crashed into the Roundhouse Childcare Centre at Fairlight, in Sydney's north, on December 15, 2003.

She underwent months of operations and painful rehabilitation, but captured people's hearts with the cheerful way she dealt with her injuries.

Dr Brydon said her burns injuries from 2003 were complicating the medical team's efforts.

"Certainly, a little girl with injuries of her magnitude will certainly complicate her assessment and we're watching those and getting further information from Westmead (hospital)," he said.

Dr Brydon said hospital staff, and "the whole of NSW, the whole country" had been rocked by Sophie's latest misfortune.

"The team that are looking after her are doing their darndest to make sure she makes it another recovery," he said.

Sophie's parents had earlier been rushed inside the Randwick hospital, with her mother Carolyn urging people to: "Say a prayer for our little girl".

At least one family had arrived at the hospital to stage a candle-lit prayer vigil after hearing that plea.

Thousands more had called the hospital and talk-back radio to offer their messages of support after news of Sophie's accident broke.

Ron Delezio told Macquarie Radio Sophie had been in her push-chair when she was hit.

"She was in a pram crossing the road and someone didn't stop," Mr Delezio said.

"It just hit the pram."

Police have appealed for information from witnesses to the accident involving a Holden Apollo sedan, which stopped at the scene.

A police spokesman said a male driver was assisting investigators.

Andie Lovegrove said she saw a motionless child lying metres from the pedestrian crossing.

"I did think she was dead and her carer was screaming `Somebody help me, help me, somebody'," she told the Nine Network.

Craig Davis, the principal of Balgowlah Heights Public School where Sophie started kindergarten this year, said he was unable to think straight after hearing the news.

"Our hearts go out to her parents. She's a gorgeous girl," Mr Davis told AAP.

"The community will be behind her 100 per cent, obviously our thoughts are with the parents ... but she's a fighter."

NSW Premier Morris Iemma has telephoned the hospital to offer his support to the Delezio family, a hospital spokesman said.

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Old 05-05-2006, 06:56 AM   #2
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that's horrible- nothing worse than a child suffering, especially so many times.

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Thoughts and prayers go to Sophie and her family, .
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Here in Sydney our prayers and thoughts are with Sophie, her parents and her family. This very young girl has been through hell and back, not once but now twice, and she is just a very young child.
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As if severe burns to her body is not enough

How much suffereing could a young girl get
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for her parents having to go through all this again and for Sophie for a speedy recovery.
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That's so sad.

Big prayers to her family.
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that's awful
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How awful for this thoughts and prayers are with them
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To her family. It's so sad.

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