Friday 6 September 2019

Turia Pitt

Somebody on Facebook posted the following picture.

I had to investigate this story.

Wikipedia: Turia Pitt
Turia Pitt (born 24 July 1987) is an Australian mining engineer, humanitarian, athlete, motivational speaker and author.

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.
Medical problems
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.

She is an Ambassador for ReSurge International, and has raised money for the organisation by leading trekking adventures. In that capacity, she walked the Great Wall of China in 2014, the Inca Trail in 2015, and the Kokoda Track in 2016. Through this work, along with her support for other ReSurge International fundraising initiatives, she has directly and indirectly contributed to more than $1 million being raised to support the organisation's work.

Wikipedia: ReSurge International
ReSurge International, formerly known as Interplast, is the first international humanitarian organization to provide free reconstructive surgery in developing countries, primarily to children with cleft lip and palate and burn scar contractures.

Woman's Day - May 16/2019
In pictures: Turia Pitt and Michael Hoskin's love story by Chloe Lal
Turia Pitt and fiancé Michael Hoskin's love story is one for the ages... Their relationship is an integral part of Turia's inspiring story of survival. She often cites Michael's love as what kept her going during her horrific ordeal, revealing he makes her feel like "the luckiest girl in the world."

Published on Oct 21, 2014 by TED Talks
YouTube: Unmask your potential | Turia Pitt | TEDxMacquarieUniversity
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

Turia Pitt was named Cosmopolitan’s ‘Woman of the Year’ for 2013, short-listed for this year’s ‘Young Australian of the Year’ and the winner of the recent NSW ‘Woman of the Year’ Awards. She is a burns survivor, motivational speaker, engineer and published author. She has a double degree in Mining Engineering and Science and graduated with first class honours. Her memoir ‘Everything to Live For’ was published late in 2013.

Final Word
I've had a tough day. I'm frustrated, even angry. Things aren't going right, and it's upsetting. Then I see this. I'm stunned. I'm amazed. Even ashamed. I have no idea of the problems, the challenges faced by some other people. In comparison, I'm living the dream. I'm humbled, and quite rightly, I should be humbled. I have no idea of their struggles.


official web site: Turia Pitt

my blog: Poor Me - Jun 21/2010
Jacqueline Saburido, born in 1978 in Venezuela, went to the United States in 1999 to study English. On September 19, 1999, she went to a birthday party and after two or three hours, she and her four friends decided to go home. During the drive, their vehicle was hit by an SUV driven by a man, Reginald Stephey, 17 years old, who was drunk. Two passengers were killed immediately; the other two were only slightly injured. Jacqueline was trapped in the car, one foot stuck underneath his seat. The car caught fire and Jacqueline suffered burns over 60% of her body. The consequence of this tragic accident, Jacqueline lost all the fingers of both hands, hair, ears, nose, lips, eyelid of the left eye and most of her sight. Since the accident she has had more than 50 surgeries and supposedly, others will follow.

my blog: Nick Vujicic: What can I complain about? - Jul 20/2011
Tetra-amelia is a word made up of two Greek words: "tetra" meaning four and "amelia" referring to the failure of an arm or leg to develop before birth. This rare disorder is characterized by an absence of all four limbs.

Nicholas James Vujicic, born 4 December 1982, was born with Tetra-amelia; he has no arms and no legs. "Nick", as he is called, was the eldest son of a Croatian family living in Brisbane, Australia. He was born limbless although has two feet, both toeless except for two toes on one foot. Other than this disability, he was born perfectly healthy.


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