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Australia woman disfigured by bushfire during marathon gets $11m

Published on May 30, 2014 11:46 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian woman who was severely disfigured in a bushfire during an ultra-marathon has settled her claim against the race organisers, reportedly for A$10 million (S$11.7 million).

Ms Turia Pitt was left with horrific burns to 65 per cent of her body after the fire roared through the 2011 Racing the Planet 100-kilometre event in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Her lawyer Greg Walsh said on Friday that the former model and engineer, who underwent numerous surgeries for her injuries and has spent A$3 million in medical treatment, was "very happy" at settling out of court with the Hong Kong-based organisers.

"Turia is very relieved and very happy that the matter has finally been settled, and she can put this behind her," Mr Walsh told AFP. "It's not about recrimination or blaming others, it's about getting on with her life. It's a long battle. She's been under a lot of stress."

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