Eight years after surviving horrific burns in a car fire, inspirational Devonport brothers Fletcher and Spencer Connelly are getting on with life as happy teenagers.
Fletcher, 17, is a year 11 student who thinks about a career in IT.
He recently overcame anxiety to secure his first casual job at the Hill Street Supermarket six months ago and loves it.
Spencer, 13, is at high school and has a passion for soccer and riding his bike on the pump track.
He requires laser surgery every six to eight weeks to give him more movement, but it gets pushed back.
Fletcher has a quiet, thoughtful nature, and Spencer is the socially outgoing one with a cheeky sense of humour.
When asked what he wants to do after he leaves school, Spencer grins.
"I've talked about being a doughnut tester," he quips.
The brothers are dedicated Sydney Swans fans who get to hang out with the players in the clubrooms at matches.
When Governor-General David Hurley visited Devonport late last year, he met the boys and presented them with two medallions he gives out at his discretion to celebrate individuals.
The brothers are close and take care of each other.
The North-West community knows the boys who still suffer the stares of strangers in other places at times.
"North-West Coasters leave the boys alone, but in other places, it's the adults who don't know when to stop staring, and kids will just ask what happened," Mrs McGee said.
"That happened to me yesterday," Spencer said.
"I said to them I went halfway to hell."
Mrs McGee, whose world was turned upside down, encouraged her sons to get through tough times.
"I am proud of them and how they handle life," she said.
"They're giving it a go.
Mrs McGee said the family had a fantastic relationship with the KIDS Foundation support network for children living with severe injury or burns.
She said going on family camps run by the foundation had helped her sons gain confidence.
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