‘I’m so overwhelmed with love’: Bushfire burns survivor Turia Pitt announces engagement to boyfriend Michael Hoskin — and reveals he bought the ring as she lay in intensive care four years ago
Turia Pitt was trapped in a bushfire that raged as she was running an ultramarathon in WA in 2011Her long-term boyfriend Michael Hoskin has been by her side ever since showing unwavering support for the woman he calls ‘beautiful’He has now proposed with a diamond ring he bought as Turia lay in intensive care suffering burns to nearly two-thirds of her bodyShe accepted his proposal as they holidayed in the Maldives
True love: Supportive boyfriend Michael Hoskin has proposed to burns survivor Turia Pitt with the diamond ring he bought for her as she lay in intensive care four years ago after getting caught in a bush fire
Looking to the future: Michael, a former policeman, revealed he proposed while they were on holidaying in the Maldives
Speaking of their unwavering love for each other, 27-year-old ultra marathon runner Turia told the Australian Women’s Weekly: ‘I’m so overwhelmed with love’.
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Echoing her sentiments, Michael, a former policeman, told the publication he proposed while they were on holidaying in the Maldives.
‘When Turia was in intensive care four years ago I bought a diamond ring,’ he said.
Before the bushfire: The former model and Michael have shared a deeper love for each other since the fateful fire in Western Australia 2011
The couple have been together for years but their relationship took a deeper turn after what started out as an adventure race with pals through the Kimberley region of Western Australia ended in a living nightmare for Turia.
But four years after an horrific incident which saw the former model trapped in a bush fire and left horribly burned, Turia — who has already undergone 200 operations — has put the worst behind her leaving the couple in the right space to get married.
In interviews with news.com.au, Michael invariably refers to Turia as ‘beautiful’ and ‘amazing’.
Determined: The former model acknowledges she will never erase every scar left but says she is ‘not opposed’ to more operations
He quit his job as a police officer to move to WA to spend more time with her where both worked in the mining industry.
And after her accident, he stopped working entirely to look after her because she could not dress or care properly for herself.
The couple now share a home in Ulladulla, New South Wales, and have slowly rebuilt their lives.
Turia credits the unequivocal support of her fiance for helping bolster her confidence during the last four years, much of which she spent in hospital.
Fighter: Turia has spent more than two years in hospital, much of it wearing a compression stocking (left) after experiencing burns to around 64 per cent of the body. Right, pictured prior to the reconstructive surgery
It is her parents, however, whom she says taught her that anything is possible with willpower.
‘The fire has just made me more grateful than I was and for every day that I have,’ she told DMA.
‘Going to sleep next to my partner I never thought anything of before. Now I think lucky am I get to sleep next to this beautiful man. He’s a good guy and I’m very lucky to have him,’ she says.
‘Every day I wake up beside Michael is a great day.’
Turia also told DMA that while she knows she can never eradicate every scar suffered from the fateful blaze she will resolve to undergo more operations to remove as many as she can.
‘I’m not opposed to more operations to improve my appearance — if I need another 1,000 surgeries I can have them.’
United: The couple share a home in Ulladulla, New South Wales, and have slowly rebuilt their lives
The Tahiti-born fitness fanatic is nothing if resolute, continuing to pursue marathon-running, surfing and rock-climbing, skills she had to painstakingly remaster after the fire.
She has also made it her mission champion the cause of charity Interplast, which provides reconstructive surgery for children in developing countries.
Speaking from the home she shares with Michael in Ulladulla, she added: ‘I’ll take my time with it, I have on average three surgeries a year, and when I get over it I get over it.
‘It’s a goal but not my only one. I have a lot going on in my life’.
She told 60 Minutes last year: ‘I’m incredibly fortunate to have found my partner Michael.
‘He loves me exactly how I am.’
Moving on: Turia told DMA that while she knows she can never eradicate every scar suffered from the fateful blaze she will resolve to undergo more operations to remove as many as she can
Happy: Ultra marathon runner Turia told the Australian Women’s Weekly, ‘I’m so overwhelmed with love’
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