Everything to Live For by Turia Pitt

Everything to Live For

By Turia Pitt

  • Release Date: 2013-08-23
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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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.

Reviews

  • Truly inspirational

    5
    By Bourbsndry
    What a wonderfully written book. Turia's trials and determination to get through them are amazing. What an inspiration.
  • Everything to Live For

    5
    By Angelika8
    This book shows how so much courage & love can pull someone through such horrific ordeals. Extremely well written account of an extreme preventable tragedy. I wish Turia & Michael ever happiness.
  • I have nothing to complain about..........ever again

    5
    By Chris Veale
    Completely devastating and utterly motivational read. Incredulous at the bravery and positivity. Horrified by the ineptness and callous regard of the event organisers.. All strength to Turia.
  • WOW!!!

    5
    By Jemagnismuriel
    Amazing story about an amazing woman. I didn't want to put this down. Absolutely wonderful to read about Turia's life and her constant fight and determination to overcome all obstacles. What an inspiration she is. Loved this book.
  • Everything to live for

    5
    By Tomby66
    I sit in hospital recovering from a very minor surgery and as I sit in self pity I have read this book cover to cover in one go....OMG I am embarrassed about my understanding of what pain is... I had watched the shows on 60minutes but this book took your story to a whole new level. Turia, words simply aren't enough to express how inspirational you are, keep frightening....
  • Brilliant

    5
    By Fiery Mockingjay
    Being in the same town as this woman, I have been part of several of her audiences! She brings courage to the stage, and I can't wait to see how she goes this year in China!! xx
  • Great read

    4
    By Kezzdee
    Read the entire book in one night, couldn't put it down. What an inspiration Turia is. So much strength. I'll be thinking about her and her incredible journey for a long time to come.
  • Inspirational

    5
    By Kathatti
    An inspiring story of an incredible woman that I couldn't put down. Her strength and determination is like no other. A must read!
  • Heroic

    5
    By Belsebzac
    Such heroic people, an amazing book and inspiring lady.
  • Amazing

    5
    By love_angel_jess
    Turia is such a young beautiful inspirational woman. She has inspired me through her writings.

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