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 Huffington Post reported;
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.