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Everything to Live for : The Inspirational Story of Turia Pitt - Turia Pitt

Everything to Live for

The Inspirational Story of Turia Pitt

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Published: 2nd September 2013
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Everything to Live For is the story of one young woman's survival against extraordinary odds, a testament to the human spirit.

In September 2011, Turia Pitt, a beautiful 25-year-old mining engineer working her dream job in the far north of Western Australia, entered an ultra-marathon race that would change her life forever. Trapped by a fire in a gorge in the remote Kimberly region, Turia and five other competitors had nowhere to run. Turia escaped with catastrophic burns to 65 per cent of her body.

With too little unburned skin left for skin grafts, Turia was put in an induced coma in the Burns Unit at Sydney's Concord Hospital while her body fought life-threatening infections and her surgeons imported skin from California. She lost the fingers on her right hand and her fingers on her left are partially fused together. She needed a new nose. There have been numerous operation, yet there are many more to come.

While the story of Turia's survival involves many people - other race competitors, her rescuers, medical professionals - at its core is the strong will of Turia herself as she continues the long rehabilitation process with the loving support of her partner, Michael Hoskin, and that of their families in their New South Wales south coast hometown of Ulladulla, where the local community has rallied, raising funds to help with huge medical bills.

Everything to Live For is also a love story. Michael, Turia's handsome teenage crush who became the love of her life, now cares for her as they plan a new life together; he is there to encourage Turia in her determination to move forward in an outwardly different body.

The real tragedy of this story is that it should never have happened - because the race should never have happened.

Despite facing a future with multiple challenges, Turia is optimistic. She is driving again and studying for her Master's degree. She is walking in marathons and would one day like to run again. Above all, she wants her story to make a difference: her mission is to make skin a more prominent organ in the repertoire of donated organs.

It is a miracle Turia lived when she was expected to die. But Turia was not ready to die - she had too much to live for.

About the Author

Turia Pitt has a double degree in Mining Engineering and Science. She worked as a model before landing her dream job with Rio Tinto at their prestigious Argyle Diamond Mine and moving to Kununurra with her partner, Michael. Their lives were turned upside-down when she was trapped by a grassfire in a 100-kilometre ultra-marathon in September 2011, and suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body. For now, she is living in her hometown of Ulladulla, surrounded by friends and family. She spends her time at physiotherapy, the gym, and is studying for her Masters.

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Could not put it down.

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    I bought this to read while on holidays & finished it before the plane landed!

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    5.0

    Inspirational!

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      This book was absolutely amazing, so inspiring and heartbreaking and heart warming all at the same time. Turia is an absolute legend!

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          Love this book. Make sure you have tissues on hand!

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            This story is absolutely inspiring and one everybody should read at least once. The courage of Turia and her family is something we should all strive for

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            Makes you re-think your own troubles.

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                Eye opening experiences. We go about our daily lives and don't consider how hard others are coping just to carry on with tasks we take for granted. Eating, washing, walking & talking. Makes you stop and think what is important in life. Full of courage, strength and determination. Good Luck Turia & Michael - I will look out for you in summer when in the Ulladulla area and will be sure to come up and say hello!

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                ISBN: 9780857980267
                ISBN-10: 0857980262
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 240
                Published: 2nd September 2013
                Publisher: Random House Australia
                Country of Publication: AU
                Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.1  x 1.8
                Weight (kg): 0.33
                Edition Number: 1