Everything to Live For: The Inspirational Story of Turia Pitt by Turia PittEverything to Live For is the story of one young womans survival against extraordinary odds, a testament to the human spirit.
In September 2011, Turia Pitt, a beautiful 23-year-old mining engineer working her dream job in the far north of Western Australia, entered an ultra-marathon race that would change her life forever. Trapped by a fire in a gorge in the remote Kimberly region, Turia and five other competitors had nowhere to run. Turia escaped with catastrophic burns to 65 per cent of her body.
With too little unburned skin left for skin grafts, Turia was put in an induced coma in the Burns Unit at Sydneys Concord Hospital while her body fought life-threatening infections and her surgeons imported skin from California. She lost the fingers on her right hand and her fingers on her left are partially fused together. She needed a new nose. There have been numerous operation, yet there are many more to come.
While the story of Turias survival involves many people - other race competitors, her rescuers, medical professionals - at its core is the strong will of Turia herself as she continues the long rehabilitation process with the loving support of her partner, Michael Hoskins, and that of their families in their New South Wales south coast hometown of Ulladulla, where the local community has rallied, raising funds to help with huge medical bills.
Everything to Live For is also a love story. Michael, Turias handsome teenage crush who became the love of her life, now cares for her as they plan a new life together; he is there to encourage Turia in her determination to move forward in an outwardly different body.
The real tragedy of this story is that it should never have happened - because the race should never have happened. The findings against the organisers of the event, Racing the Planet, in a far-reaching parliamentary inquiry by the Western Australian Government in 2012, were damning.
Despite facing a future with multiple challenges, Turia is optimistic. She is driving again and studying for her Masters degree. She is walking in marathons and would one day like to run again. Above all, she wants her story to make a difference: her mission is to make skin a more prominent organ in the repertoire of donated organs.
It is a miracle Turia lived when she was expected to die. But Turia was not ready to die - she had too much to live for.
Turia Pitt, burn survivor and recipient of skin grafts
Turia Pitt: 'I lost friends after the fire'
By Richard Shears. Scroll down for video. Ultramarathon runner Turia Pitt, who was severely burnt in a bushfire, gives evidence at the inquiry, in Perth, Australia in May. But two weeks before the marathon on September 2 last year, she was invited by organisers to compete for free. She was joined in the event by adventure enthusiast year-old Miss Sanderson and 40 other runners who were destined to run across the parched outback Kimberley region of north west Australia. But part-way through the race Miss Pitt and Miss Sanderson, along with two male competitors, became trapped by a bushfire in a narrow, rocky gorge.
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Before Woman of the Year winner Turia Pitt's accident happened, her life was very different - but despite everything, she welcomed a baby boy.
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Updated May 30, Turia Pitt, the runner who suffered horrific burns during an ultramarathon in Western Australia's Kimberley, has accepted a multi-million-dollar settlement. Ms Pitt, who is from New South Wales, was one of two women who suffered life-threatening burns when trapped in a fire during the kilometre race in September A WA parliamentary inquiry into the state-government sponsored event found that RacingThePlanet did not do enough to ensure the safety of competitors. Ms Pitt, 26, who was a mining engineer working in Kununurra, suffered burns to more than 60 per cent of her body and has been unable to work since the accident.
Turia Pitt born 24 July is an Australian mining engineer, humanitarian, athlete, motivational speaker and author. In September , Pitt was competing in an ultramarathon through Western Australia 's Kimberley region, when she was caught in a grass fire. During a subsequent inquiry, she stated there was "nowhere else to go" when the competitors tried to outrun an out-of-control blaze that swept up Selena Gorge, just outside Kununurra. Pitt suffered burns to 65 percent of her body. It was several hours before medical help arrived and she was air-lifted out. Doctors did not expect her to survive her injuries. The parliamentary inquiry into the Kimberley Ultramarathon was damning of the race organisers, RacingThePlanet.