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01 October 2023

Bush fire victim ex-model Turia Pitt engaged to Michael Hoskin

Turia is now engaged to marry her long term boyfriend Michael Hoskin. (Instagram)

By Staff

Australian ex-model Turia Pitt suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body.

She had four fingers from her left hand and her right thumb amputated and spent more than two years in hospital after she was trapped by a grassfire in a 100 kilometre ultra-marathon in the Kimberley.


Tulia before her accident

Turia is now engaged to marry her long term boyfriend Michael Hoskin.

Michael proposed using a ring he bought when Turia was in intensive care four years ago.

Turia, who works as a humanitarian, shared a picture of herself with Michael writing: "Stoked to have this beautiful man in my life! You bring out the best in me and I can't wait for the rest of our lives together."

The motivational former model suffered burns to nearly two thirds of her body and her boyfriend decided to quit his job to care for her recovery.

Turia, who has undergone over 200 operations since the incident, told Australian Women's Weekly after the proposal that she is overwhelmed with love.

Former policeman Michael said: "When Turia was in intensive care four years ago I bought a diamond ring."


In an interview for CNN they asked Michael: "Did you at any moment think about leaving her and hiring someone to take care of her and moving on with your life?"

His reply touched the world: "I married her soul, her character, and she’s the only woman that will continue to fulfill my dreams."


Following the horrific fire she launched Supreme Court action against the organisers and in May 2014 it was reported that it came to an end with an out-of-court settlement.

The organisers of the event Racing the Planet were harshly criticised for their negligence and incompetence through a Parliamentary Inquiry conducted by the Australian Government.

She has gone on to be named NSW Premier's Woman of the Year and she was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year.