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Australian Athlete/Former Model Speaks to Gift of Life Staff About Her Gratitude for Life-Saving Ti

Turia Pitt's life was saved after 16 American donors, including donors from Gift of Life's region, provided skin grafts for transplant.

Image of Turia Pitt, skin graft recipient, poses for a photo with fellow Ironman, Derek Fitzgerald, heart recipient. Zoom+ Turia Pitt, skin graft recipient, poses for a photo with fellow Ironman, Derek Fitzgerald, heart recipient.

Turia Pitt, an elite athlete, acclaimed speaker, author, mining engineer and former model was burned on over 65 percent of her body when a freak firestorm trapped her and another runner participating in a 100 kilometer ultra-marathon in the Australian outback. The Australian physicians struggling to save Turia knew she needed donor skin grafts, yet no donated skin was available at the time in Australia. Australian doctors turned to MTF, a leading U.S. tissue bank for help. The generosity of 16 Americans, including donors from Gift of Life Donor Program’s region, helped save Turia’s life. Turia’s amazing recovery has allowed her to reclaim her elite status as an athlete and complete the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

On December 20, Turia shared her message of hope and gratitude for the life-saving and health-restoring gift of tissue donation when she shared her powerful story to Gift of Life Donor Program employees and supporters.

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Image of Turia poses with member of Gift of Life's Tissue Team.Turia poses with member of Gift of Life's Tissue Team.

About Gift of Life Donor Program: For 42 years, Gift of Life has coordinated over 42,000 life-saving organ transplants, along with more than 600,000 life-enhancing tissue transplants. For more information on organ and tissue donation, please call Gift of Life at 1-800-DONORS-1 (1-800-366-6771) or visit

The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), a non-profit organization based in Edison, NJ, is a national consortium comprised of leading organ procurement organizations, tissue recovery organizations and academic medical institutions. MTF’s mission is to save and heal lives by honoring donors’ gifts, serving patients and advancing science. Since its inception in 1987, MTF has received tissue from more than 115,000 donors and distributed more than 7 million grafts for transplantation. For more information, visit

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