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Sophie Delezio interviews Lauren Huxley as pair bond over traumatic past experiences

Burns victim Sophie Delezio who survived TWO car crashes reveals the special bond she shares with a woman who was almost bashed to death by a home intruder

  • ophie Delezio, 20, shared an emotional interview with survivor Lauren Huxley 
  • Ms Delezio interviewed Ms Huxley after beginning journalist job for Newscorp
  • She was left with burns to 85 per cent of her body after a car accident in 2003 
  • Ms Huxley was beaten and doused in petrol during attack at her home in 2005 

Burns victim Sophie Delezio has shared an emotional interview with a fellow survivor who was beaten, doused in petrol and given a five per cent chance of survival.

The 20-year-old bonded with Lauren Huxley, 34, during one of her first interviews since starting her dream job with Newscorp last weekend.

Ms Delezio has been recruited by Body+Soul magazine to interview fellow survivors of trauma and bring ‘justice to their stories’ in her feature articles.

Both Ms Delezio and Ms Huxley have lived through traumatic life experiences as young women.

‘Speaking to her, I quickly realised you don’t have to have the same disability or history to have experienced the same pain,’ Ms Delezio wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

Ms Delezio has been recruited by Body+Soul magazine to interview fellow survivors of trauma and bring ‘justice to their stories’ in her feature articles

The 20-year-old bonded with Lauren Huxley, 34 (pictured), during one of her first interviews since starting her dream job with Newscorp last weekend

The 20-year-old bonded with Lauren Huxley, 34 (pictured), during one of her first interviews since starting her dream job with Newscorp last weekend

Ms Delezio was just two years old when a car slammed into her Sydney daycare centre in 2003. Just three years later another car hit her when she was crossing the street in her wheelchair. 

Both incidents left her with burns to 85 per cent of her body, brain damage and missing both feet. 

Ms Huxley was only 18 when an intruder broke into her Northmead home, in western Sydney, beat her and doused her in petrol in 2005.

She was found bound and unconscious and so severely beaten that she spent six months in hospital, underwent nine major surgeries and was left with partial brain damage.

Doctors feared Ms Huxley would pass away from her injuries and only gave her a five per cent chance of survival.

Ms Huxley opened up on her long road to recovery to Ms Delezio and how she lost out on important years of her life because of it.

‘Going through five years of operations and rehabilitation, I was just focusing on getting better, so I missed out on a lot,’ she told the Daily Telegraph. 

‘My friends are at different stages now. Some never really understood or they stayed around for the wrong reasons, wanting the spotlight but not being there for me once it was gone.’

Ms Huxley said despite the long and difficult journey ahead she tried her best to maintain a positive attitude.

Ms Delezio was just two-years-old when a car ploughed into her Sydney daycare centre in 2003 and another car hit her when she was crossing the street in her wheelchair in 2006

Ms Delezio was just two-years-old when a car ploughed into her Sydney daycare centre in 2003 and another car hit her when she was crossing the street in her wheelchair in 2006

Both incidents left Ms Delezio with burns to 85 per cent of her body, brain damage and missing both feet

Both incidents left Ms Delezio with burns to 85 per cent of her body, brain damage and missing both feet

She said the key was to ‘take it slow’ and push on not only for herself, but her family.

‘You never realise how strong you and your family can be until an experience really tests you,’ she said.

‘Family is everything. All their love and support they’ve given me over the years… I don’t know where I would be without them.’

Her sister Simone was also present during the interview to provide support as Ms Huxley suffers from memory loss.

Simone called for tougher sentencing of criminals saying that the attacker, who the pair do not wish to be named, should never have been freed.

Ms Huxley’s attacker was sentenced to more than 20 years behind bars.

Simone said the attacker already had 26 convictions and was on bail and parole when he attacked her sister.

‘If he was in jail this never would have happened,’ she said.

Ms Huxley was only 18 when an intruder broke into her Northmead home, in western Sydney, beat her and doused her in petrol in 2005

Ms Huxley was only 18 when an intruder broke into her Northmead home, in western Sydney, beat her and doused her in petrol in 2005

Ms Huxley opened up on her long road to recovery to Ms Delezio and how she lost out on important years of her life because of it

Ms Huxley opened up on her long road to recovery to Ms Delezio and how she lost out on important years of her life because of it

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