Turia Pitt found photos of herself two days after her accident

Turia Pitt has revealed the heartbreaking find she made while trying to search through her medical records.

Pitt, 35, suffered burns to 65 percent of her body after being caught in a grass fire during a 100km marathon in 2011.

She told listeners to her podcast Turia Pitt is hard work that for the last ten years she had been trying to get her nose fixed so she could breathe out properly.

Pitt recently saw a surgeon who said it couldn’t be done, so she asked her doctors to send over her medical records from the past decade.

Boxes started showing up at her house and she began flipping through them night after night to find information about her nose.

She found a USB stick among the files – but had no idea what she would find once she plugged it into her computer.

When she did, she found a file called photos.

“So I click on that and there’s a folder with dates in the photos and the date of my accident was September 2, 2011 and there are photos in that folder that are dated September 4, 2011,” she told her listeners .

“I knew it was obviously going to be very confronting for me. Do you think I stepped back, took a few deep breaths and thought about it a little more, or do you think I just double-clicked?”

She said the handler had pictures of her in the hospital looking swollen with parts of her skin that have now been transplanted looking like they were before the fire.

There were also pictures of her bloodied hands, some of which were amputated.

Pitt said she looks half what she used to be and partly what she looks like now.

It was 10pm, her family was asleep and she was beside herself. She slammed her laptop shut and picked up her son, who was then just 10 months old and crying, and lay on the floor.

After that, she made her bed on a couch and only watched TV until 5am when she decided to hit the gym.

When she was done with the gym, she cried in her car as she drove home. She decided to keep going until things came to a head two weeks later when she called the psychologist.

“She’s amazing, she came over, we sat down and looked at the photos together, which she thought was important because maybe I was imagining it like it was worse than it was,” she said.

“It turned out they were really bad, but it was good that she was with me and supported me. We talked about each of the photos.”

She said the reason it upset her so much was because she was hurt for them and woke up in the hospital a month later with a new body.

“I had gotten used to this new body, and I am now, but it was annoying because I saw the old Turia and the new Turia at the same time,” she said.

She said it was a confrontation as it mentally sent her back to the hospital.

“It made me think about everything I’d lost … but it made me think about everything I’ve done since,” she said.

Originally published as Turia, Pitt found photos of herself two days after her accident

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