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How Tammin Sursok’s miscarriages inspired her to play Turia Pitt in new biopic

“To be able to transcend that with grace and fortitude…”

By Erin Doyle
Australian actress Tammin Sursok has announced she will play inspirational burns survivor Turia Pitt in new biopic.
Speaking to Stellar magazine, the former Home and Away actress, 36, revealed she and her director husband Sean McEwen are working on the project together after seeing Turia in a TV interview.
Tammin Sursok (pictured) will play Turia Pitt in new biopic. Image: Getty
Tammin, who is mother to Phoenix, six, and Lennon, 11 months, has previously suffered multiple miscarriages and explained she was inspired by Turia's story and her strength in dealing with adversity.
"I had a very tough time with my miscarriages and I remember feeling so inspired by Turia and what she experienced. To be able to transcend that with grace and fortitude… and she has so much gratitude. I thought, 'I need to be more like her'." Tammin told the magazine.
"Then I turned to Sean and said, 'Why don't we make her into a movie?'"
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Turia Pitt was just 26 years old when in 2011 she suffered horrific burns to 65 per cent of her body after getting caught in a grassfire while running an ultramarathon through Western Australia.
The marathon runner was placed in a medically-induced coma for a month, while all the fingers on her right hand, as well as two on her left, were amputated.
She was almost killed in the ordeal, but battled through and was forced to relearn everyday tasks she once took for granted.
Turia suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body in 2011. Image: Getty
"I've had to claw my way back into life - learn to walk, to talk. All the things I had taken for granted before became seemingly impossible tasks," Turia told The Australian Women's Weekly.
Turia has since used the tragedy to fuel her incredible public advocacy and philanthropic efforts, raising money for charities and becoming an inspiration figure in the process.
Tammin with husband Sean and children Phoenis and Lennon. Image: @tamminsursok/Instagram
Meanwhile, Tammin has been candid about her own personal struggles in the past, speaking openly about her miscarriages.
"When we decided to have a second child, I got pregnant really fast again - and we lost that baby in the doctor's office," she revealed on Channel Seven's The Morning Show.
"It was pretty far into my pregnancy, so it was quite shocking. When things like that happen, you never think it's going to happen to you.
"But they're so common, and we don't talk about it. And then I had another miscarriage before Lennon, so two back to back."

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