Brazilian Miss World contestant dies from infection

January 25th, 2009 - 12:12 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Jan 25 (ANI): A 20-year-old Brazilian model has died after having her hands and feet amputated because she had contracted a severe urinary infection.

Mariana Bridi da Costa succumbed to the bacteria-caused malady in a Serra hospital, less than a month after first falling ill, reports the New York Daily News.

Doctors were said to have amputated both her feet and her hands and removed part of her stomach in an effort to save her life.

“God is comforting our hearts because he wanted her to be with him now,” the beauty’’s father, Agnaldo Costa Bridi, said.

Her ordeal made international news after an ordinary illness turned into a life-and-death battle with a bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, that raced through her veins.

The stunner, who twice made it into the national finals for the Miss World contest and placed sixth in the Miss Bikini International pageant in China last year, first visited doctors in late December and was initially diagnosed with kidney stones.

She was transferred to a hospital on January 3 in what is known as septic shock, during which the infection caused irreparable tissue damage.

“She told me she was praying to stay alive, that she still had a lot to do on this Earth, that she wanted to go on with her plans,” her fiance, Thiago Simoes, told CNN after the model had awakened from a coma 10 days ago. (ANI)

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