Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Miss World Finalist Succumbs After Amputations

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. --Abraham Lincoln 

I would like to express my deep regret and sorrowfulness on the demise of 
Mariana Bridi da Costa. Although I didn't know her in person, I admire her spirit to fight for her life.  

Mariana Bridi da Costa, a 20-year-old Brazilian model who was a finalist of Miss World 2006, died on Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 as a result of complications from urinary tract infection

The course of her illness was swift.

In late December, she fell ill and doctors in her native state of Espirito Santo _ northeast of Rio de Janeiro _ initially diagnosed as having kidney stones.

She returned to a hospital on Jan. 3 in septic shock _ life-threatening low blood pressure _ from the infection that would force doctors to amputate first her feet, then her hands. Doctors said there was little they could do but pump drugs into her and hope for the best.

It was a nightmare scenario for anyone with an infection: Her body did not react to the latest and most potent drugs while the bacteria in her veins spread from head to toe.

In Bridi's case, the culprit was the bacteria
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is known to be drug resistant.

My heart goes out to the family.

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Image Courtesy: TheSun.co.uk


  1. oh wow, health really is wealth!!! Thanks for sharing, I can't imagine how serious UTI can get

  2. there has been numerous reports of water pollution in south america that lead to lots of illness due to an unknown origin but it was suspected, water contanimated by the so many oil pipeline leaks across south america.

  3. I don't think I'm alone when I say I'd like to see more and more planets fall under the ruthless domination of our solar system.

  4. @askmewhats: indeed. That's why never underestimate what the body wants to try to tell you :)

    @investor: OMG, that's too bad. Hopefully the govt will do something about that!

  5. that is terrible, i didn't even know that could happen from a uti. thanks for the eye-opening info, i'll take it more seriously now.


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