Turia Pitt suffered 65% burns to her body in a fierce grass fire during a 100km marathon. It took several hours before medical help arrived and when she was airlifted out she was barely alive and wasn't expected to survive.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on February 11, 2020

Turia Pitt suffered shocking burns to 65% of her body when she was caught in a fierce grass fire during a 100km marathon. Her inspirational fight to recovery from her devastating injuries captured the world’s attention. Fast forward to today and Pitt has welcomed her second baby with fiancé Michael Hoskin.

Turia Pitt, now 32, announced the birth of her second child with her fiancé Michael Hoskin to her 915,000 followers on Instagram with a photograph of her clutching her new baby and the caption: ‘Welcome to the world Rahiti.’

The baby’s name is of Polynesian descent and means “rising sun”.

In September 2011, Tahitian-born Turia was taking part in a 100km ‘ultramarathon’ through the Kimberley region, in Western Australia, when she was caught in an out-of-control grass fire that swept along Selena Gorge outside Kununurra.

It took several hours before medical help arrived and Turia Pitt was airlifted out, barely alive and not expected to survive. She was put in a medically-induced coma for a month and seven of her fingers – five on one hand – had to be amputated. She, spent over six months in hospital where she underwent 200 operations and spent two years in recovery, 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 in Australia revealing her face to the world.

During a subsequent inquiry, Turia stated there was “nowhere else to go” when the competitors tried to outrun an out-of-control blaze that swept up Selena Gorge.

The news of Rahiti’s birth comes after Turia told Stellar Magazine last month that becoming a mother following the birth of her first son Hakavai, now aged two, had changed her and made her more selfless.

“Now I’ve got this little person that I’m trying to raise so he grows into a good human, so it’s made me a lot softer and more maternal. I’m gentler, more compassionate and more nurturing with everyone in my life and I feel it suits me.

“Michael likes me more now, too, so it’s a win-win.”

“When I was pregnant with Hakavai, I wondered whether I would be a good mum because I’ve got such an awesome mum. She’s so selfless, thoughtful, caring and compassionate and I thought, ‘I’m not like that at all.’

“But since being a mum, those qualities have come out in me. Now I know I’m a great mum, so I’m not worried about bringing up another kid. I’ve got it,” she said.

In 2014, Pitt was named the New South Wales Premier’s Award Woman of the Year and was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year. In 2016, she was a finalist in the Australian of the Year award and the NSW finalist for Telstra Business Woman of the Year award.

Turia Pitt is an Ambassador for ReSurge International (formerly Interplast Australia & New Zealand). She has raised more than $1 million through a series of events including leading trekking adventures to the Great Wall of China in 2014, the Inca Trail in 2015 and the Kokoda Track in 2016. She is leading a party to walk the Larapinta Trek in Central Australia in September 2020.