Australian Turia Pitt, 24, had it all: a successful career, a partner and beauty.
The girl’s life changed considerably on September 2, 2011, when she almost died in a fire.
Nevertheless, Turia was not only able to survive the disaster, but also improve her quality of life.
Forty participants started the 100 kilometer event that RacingThePlanet organized that day in September. Competitors were only able to cover a quarter of the distance before nearby grass and bushes caught fire.
Although these types of fires are common in Australia at this time of year, organizers neglected to take safety precautions beforehand, and many athletes, including Turia, were engulfed in flames.
The girl decided to go straight through the flames as it continued to get hotter. She thus suffered third degree burns, 65% of her body being burned.
Turia was one of the contestants in the Miss Australia pageant and had a modeling career before the disaster. She worked as a mining engineer in a diamond mine.
She dated Michael, a high school classmate.
The girl said she lived up to her wildest expectations. But in a split second, everything changed. She remembered wondering why the doctors had saved her life during that horrible hospital stay.
Turia remained hospitalized for a total of 864 days. More than 200 procedures have been performed on her, including one to repair her almost completely burned nose. The amputation of five fingers was necessary.
The injuries gradually recovered. Turia, however, couldn’t force herself to leave the house. She felt like her deformed hands and face would attract the attention of others.
Michael was close to Turia throughout this difficult time.
He bought a diamond ring and promised his father, “If she lives, I’ll marry her,” even though the girl was in intensive care. “Well done, man,” he said in response.
Michael quit his job to take care of his beloved in the hospital, washing her, dressing her, feeding her and teaching her to walk.
Later, when reporters asked Michael why he acted so disrespectfully, he replied, “My fiancée is still the same attractive, active person I fell in love with. She hasn’t changed; only his skin has it.
Michael persuaded Turia that attractiveness goes beyond a perfect figure. It manifests in the way we act, walk, talk, look at others and take action.
Thanks to his encouragement, the girl was determined to enjoy life to the full.
“I had to go through horrible things. Michael was by my side, I knew it though. I was able to get through it thanks to his love and the love of my family, says Turia.
In the Maldives in 2015, Michael Hoskins proposed to his girlfriend by placing the same ring she had worn for four years on her finger. Additionally, the couple welcomed a son, Hakawai, in December 2017.