Turia Pitt, the survivor of inspirational burns, recalls the harrowing moment when she nearly committed suicide during the early stages of her recovery.
In 2011, the 34-year-old mining engineer survived against all odds after becoming entangled in a forest fire while competing in an ultramarathon in Western Australiabut was left with horrific burns to 64 percent of her body.
The mother of two spoke about the aftermath of the tragedy 11 years later, saying she “wanted to die” during the early stages of her hospitalization.
Turia Pitt, survivor of inspirational burns, recalls harrowing moment she nearly killed herself during the early stages of her recovery
In conversation with Jess Rowe on her podcast The big talk showTuria explained that both she and her father are “very logical and practical” by nature, telling him she wanted to die because “he would know where she came from.”
“I said, ‘I want to kill myself, I don’t want to be here,’ she recalls.
“And my father said, ‘Well, the doctors said you’ll be back on your feet in five years.
“So give yourself five years and see how you’re doing and if you want to kill yourself in five years, you can do it.”
“I thought, that’s good, I have a timeline, I have something to work towards.”
Turia said as she tried to stay motivated during her recovery, she often thought ‘I can’t do this, this is so hard’.
Turia with her fiancé Michael Hoskin before the horrific fire
Turia is recovering in the hospital. Turia said as she tried to stay motivated during her recovery, she often thought ‘I can’t do this, this is so hard’
“I thought I didn’t know why everyone is so happy I’m still alive. I don’t want to be here, I want to be dead. This is a house,’ she explained.
Turia’s saving grace was a “great” psychologist who helped her get back on her feet mentally.
She said she needed to speak to someone outside her immediate circle because although her family and fiancé Michael Hoskin were there for her, they didn’t. really understand.
Turia recently said she is “proud” of her relationship with fiancé Michael, ten years after the traumatic experience that could have separated them. The couple now share two children – Hakavai, four, and Rahiti, two
Turia recently said she is “proud” of her relationship with Michael, ten years after the traumatic experience that could have separated them.
The couple became engaged in 2015, with Michael previously revealing that he bought the diamond ring while Turia was in intensive care in 2011.
The couple welcomed their first son, Hakavai, in December 2017, and their second son, Rahiti, in February 2020.
Reflecting on the romance between the couple – who dated two years before suffering horrific burns – she said they were “living their best lives.”
“I’m really proud of my relationship with Michael,” she told Stellar Magazine.
“We’ve been through something catastrophic and extremely traumatic and this may sound stupid, but we’re living our best life and we’re happy.
“We have these beautiful children together, and although we are not perfect, we accept each other.”
Turia added that like all couples, they have ups and downs but love each other for all their qualities, good ones and less good ones.
“It’s very easy to like someone for their good qualities and to want to change their not so sparkly qualities. We’re good at accepting each other for who we are,” she said.
Turia recently told The Sydney Morning Herald that she “feels sexiest” with her partner, Michael.
“That sounds a bit tragic, but also beautiful at the same time,” she said.
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