A grass fire disfigured her face and body, but her husband has shown her that love is not based only on physical appearance
During a marathon in Western Australia, the athlete Turia Pitt suddenly found herself caught in a terrible grass fire.
The marathon race organizers had failed to communicate the danger to the runners at the various checkpoints, consequently, the woman suffered burns on 65% of her body. Her doctors were sure that she would not survive, but the woman demonstrated a miraculous determination to live.
She was subjected to over 200 operations and remained for many months between life and death until her doctors managed to declare her out of danger.
Hers is an incredible example of tenacity and desire to live, but she was also helped tremendously by another feeling: love.
As a matter of fact, all the while, her boyfriend Michael Hoskin stood by her, helping her and supporting her during her convalescence. But it is above all after she came back home that he has shown his feelings.
Many people, based on the social standards we are used to nowadays, were certain that Michael would have ended his relationship with Turia, due to her physical appearance having been dramatically changed by the fire and now being very different from what it used to be. But Michael is not that kind of man.
In fact, the young man had fallen in love with, not only Turia's physical appearance but most of all, her soul, that was still there, intact, perhaps even stronger than before. Five years after the dramatic accident they got married and after only one year they had their first child.
Today, Turia Pitt is a motivational speaker who helps others find the strength to be born again. She has never let herself be beaten despite the blows of fate and has found someone who has remained beside her without being negatively influenced by her physical appearance.