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Turia Pitt        

Australian Motivational Speaker, Athlete, Author & Burn Survivor

Turia Pitt is an Australian motivational speaker, athlete, author and burn survivor. In 2011, Pitt, then 24 years old, was running an ultramarathon through Australia's Kimberley region when she was caught in a grass fire. It was several hours before medical help arrived and air-lifted Pitt out, and she had suffered burns to 65 percent of her body.

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 the 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, which she was 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 about her inspiring recovery, revealing her face to the world.

After the grass fire, she was not expected to survive, much less to walk, run or be independent again. However, Pitt has defied the odds. In May 2016, she competed in an Ironman competition, followed by the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

Pitt has been profiled by the Australian television program "60 Minutes" and Women’s Weekly. She has become a sought-after public speaker, appearing at such events as the TEDx Macquarie University conference in September 2014, giving an inspirational talk entitled "Unmask your Potential."

Pitt is a published author with books including 2013's "Everything to Live For: The Inspirational Story of Turia Pitt," 2017's "Unmasked" and 2019's "Good Selfie: Tips & Tools for Teens to Nail Life."

Pitt is also a mother, having given birth to her first child in December 2017.

Pitt holds a bachelor's degree in mining engineering from the University of New South Wales.


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