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NJ SPOTLIGHT | Lilo H. Staintn

A young Australian who received skin provided by the Edison-based Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation said it was ‘lifesaving’

Turia Pitt with her husband Michael Hoskin
When a young Australian woman suffered burns over two-thirds of her body after a freak firestorm tore through the ultra-marathon she was running in 2011, it was a tissue donation company based in Central New Jersey that saved her life.

Turia Pitt was a 24-year old elite athlete, model, and mining engineer when she was airlifted from the Outback to a hospital for the first of some 200 surgeries to remove the damaged skin, protect the organs underneath, and help her heal. A plastic skin substitute protected her from fatal infection at first, but her body began to shut down and doctors knew human skin grafts were needed to keep her alive.

Unfortunately, there was no skin available on the island nation. (In fact, Australia’s limited supply had been shipped to New Zealand as part of an emergency plan to address a potential terrorist attack on the Rugby World Cup, which was occurring at the time.) Continue reading


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