Turia Pitt Wiki – Biography
She is an Australian mining engineer, humanitarian, athlete, motivational speaker, and author. Turia Pitt has been forced to cut back on her recovery treatment due to her pregnancy. The 32-year-old suffered horrific burns to 65 percent of her body when she was caught up in a grass fire in 2011 and is now required to undergo frequent surgeries to help her body heal.
Turia Pitt Age
Born 24 July 1987Tahiti, French Polynesia
Turia Pitt Occupation
Occupation Athlete, author, motivational speaker
Turia Pitt Known For
Known for Surviving severe burns during an ultramarathon; humanitarian work
Turia Pitt Family
Partner(s) Michael Hoskin
Children Hakavai Hoskin
Parent(s) Michael Pitt Celestine Vaite
Turia Pitt Accident and later life
In September 2011, 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 organizers, RacingThePlanet. Among other things, it was revealed that organizers were unable to communicate properly between checkpoints.
Pitt launched Supreme Court action against RacingThePlanet, and in May 2014, it was reported that an out-of-court settlement had been reached.
Turia Pitt Medical problem
Prior to the ultramarathon incident, Pitt was a healthy, fit athlete. As a result of her injuries in the fire, she was placed in a medically-induced coma for a month. All the fingers of her right hand, and two fingers on her left, had to be amputated. She endured six months in hospital, underwent over 200 operations and spent two years in recovery. During that time, she was required to wear a full-body compression suit and mask and only allowed to remove for an hour a day. The mask was required to help smooth out the scars on her face and body. She removed it for the first time on the 60 Minutes program revealing her face to the world.
Turia Pitt Personal life
Pitt spent her childhood in Ulladulla, a very small town in New South Wales. She attended Ulladulla Public School and Ulladulla High School. During her youth, she was well known for her athletic abilities and also performed well academically. She went on to the University of New South Wales (UNSW), where she completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) / Bachelor of Science in 2010.
On 8 May 2016, Pitt competed in her first Ironman Australia competition, finishing in a time of 13:24:42. On 8 October 2016, she completed the Ironman World Championship at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, with a time of 14:37:30.
Pitt and her fiancé announced on 21 July 2017 that they were expecting a boy. On 7 December 2017, she gave birth to their son, Hakavai Hoskin.