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Miss World Finalist Has Hands and Feet Amputated After Suffering From Rare Blood Infection

Miss World Finalist Has Hands and Feet Amputated After Suffering From Rare Blood Infection

USA Today

January 23, 2009

CNN.com is reporting that 20-year-old Brazilian model Mariana Bridi is fighting for her life after having her hands and feet amputated after suffering from septicimea, a blood infection that limited the supply of oxygen to her extremities.

Bridi was initially misdiagnosed with kidney stones, but when her condition worsened she returned to the hospital where doctors determined she was suffering from a severe urinary tract infection. By then, Bridi was also suffering from septicimea.

Now she is not breathing on her own and is undergoing hemodialysis at a hospital in the city of Serra.

The executive director of Miss World Brazil, Henrique Fontes, issued a call for blood donors because Bridi has rare O-negative blood.

In 2007 and 2008, Bridi came in fourth in the quest to find Miss World Brazil and she also came in fourth in the Face of the Universe competition held in South Africa in 2007.

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