Turia Pitt has revealed exactly what was running through her mind when she was trapped in a horrific fire that nearly claimed her life.
She was just 24 years old at the time when she suffered excruciating burns to 65 per cent of her body after she was caught in an out-of-control blaze during an outback ultramarathon in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia in September 2011.
‘It sounds horrific, but when I was trapped by the fire and literally burning alive, I had one distinct thought: Michael [fiancé]. My beautiful, humble, gracious and self-effacing partner,’ Ms Pitt, now 32, told Mecca’s The Memo in a candid interview.
‘I felt cheated by life and how we wouldn’t be able to do all of the amazing things and dreams we had as a couple.’
Turia Pitt (pictured) has revealed exactly what was running through her mind when she was trapped in a horrific fire that nearly claimed her life during an outback ultramarathon in 2011
Ms Pitt said she was thinking about her now-fiancé Michael Hoskin when she was being ‘burnt alive’ during the horrific fire nine years ago (pictured together)
Ms Pitt in her mask and compression suit after she suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body after she was caught in a raging fire during a marathon in 2011
But against all odds, the burns survivor has lived to tell the tale after she lost seven fingers, endured six gruelling months in hospital and underwent more than 200 operations.
As she spent two years in intensive recovery, her now-fiancé Michael Hoskin stayed by her side.
She went on to start a beautiful family with Mr Hoskin who’s now the father of her two sons – two-year-old Hakavai and baby Rahiti.
‘I am truly grateful for every day I get to spend next to my man and I am seriously looking forward to growing old with him,’ she said.
The mother-of-two, who lives in Ulladulla – a coastal town in New South Wales wither her family, explained how she found the strength to get through life every day following the traumatic ordeal that took place nine years ago.
She went on to start a beautiful family with Mr Hoskin who she shares two sons with – two-year-old Hakavai and baby Rahiti (pictured together)
The couple have been together since 2009 after meeting in high school (pictured together before Ms Pitt suffered excruciating burns to 65 per cent of her body)
Her trick is to simply think of three things she’s grateful for in that very moment.
For those struggling to find happiness in dark times, the motivational speaker suggested practising gratitude and ‘do whatever it is that makes you feel good about yourself’.
‘By practising gratitude, you’re consciously searching for what you have in your life to be grateful for, you’re focusing on the positives, and that in turns helps you develop a more positive mindset,’ she explained.
She said doing simple things like getting a mani-pedi, surfing, catching up with friends or cooking a delicious meal can turn your day around.
Turia (pictured before she suffered horrific burns to her body during a marathon in 2011) with Mr Hoskin – who has been by her side since day one
The motivational speaker explained how she found the strength to get through life every day following the traumatic ordeal that took place nine years ago. Her trick is to simply think of three things she’s grateful for in that very moment
Her interview comes just months after Ms Pitt spoke to The Australian Women’s Weekly about how her relationship with Mr Hoskin.
‘We’ve been engaged for five years and when I introduce him to people, I feel like saying “this is my husband,” but then he’s not actually my husband. So who knows what’s happening with our wedding?’ she told the magazine in the September issue.
‘Since the engagement, we’ve had two kids, and now there’s coronavirus. We don’t want to add in anything else just now.’
The couple announced their engagement in July 2015 after Mr Hoskin popped the question when they were holidaying in the Maldives.
He had proposed to Turia with the diamond ring he purchased for her while she lay in intensive care after suffering horrific burns to 65 per cent of her body following roaring crossfire during the ultramarathon in 2011.