TRUE FIGHT­ING SPIRIT

Turia con­tin­ues to in­spire with her achieve­ments Turia Pitt

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - ’10s -

In 2011 Turia Pitt’s world changed for­ever when she was trapped in a grass fire while com­pet­ing in a 100km ul­tra­ma­rathon. The 24-year-old min­ing en­gi­neer was chop­pered to hos­pi­tal from the re­mote spot, barely cling­ing to life and with severe burns to 65 per cent of her body.

Woman’s Day first met Turia – who has un­der­gone 200 op­er­a­tions in the years since her ac­ci­dent – when she fi­nally re­moved the com­pres­sion mask she’d worn for two years in or­der to smooth her fa­cial scar­ring.

“It was good to let the world see the real me,” she told us of fi­nally be­ing pho­tographed with­out the mask, an oc­ca­sion she dubbed as “re­fresh­ing”.

By her side on that day – and in the count­less in­ter­views we’ve con­ducted with Turia since – was her fi­ance Michael Hoskin. To­gether they’ve shared many sig­nif­i­cant mile­stones.

In 2014, Turia penned a diary ex­clu­sively for our read­ers as the duo climbed The Great Wall of China to raise funds for In­ter­plast, which pro­vides re­con­struc­tive surgery for peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

And we were there a year later when Turia had her fi­nal surgery for a new nose.

In July 2015 the pair re­vealed de­tails of Michael’s ro­man­tic pro­posal in the Mal­dives. While the wed­ding date is yet to be set, they have their hands full. Turia and Michael wel­comed son Hakavai in De­cem­ber 2017.

To date, Turia, 31, has raised more than $1 mil­lion for In­ter­plast and count­ing, has taken part in mul­ti­ple hikes and iron­man comps and is a renowned speaker, in­spir­ing peo­ple all over the globe.

Turia has gone from strength to strength and is now a mother, to baby Hakavai.

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