Sunday, January 25, 2009

Brazilian model contracts Pseudomonas aeroginosa bacterium - has feet and hands amputated, then bleeds internally, then dies [PHOTOS]

Seems Birdi had a very rare blood type, O-Negative, which may have made it difficult to save her life. Also appears the disease started as a simple urinary tract infection. Just shows you how fragile we all are.

Find out if you are at risk here.
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SAO PAULO (AFP) — A 20-year-old Brazilian model who lost her hands and feet to an infection died in hospital Saturday of medical complications, according to a family statement on her website.

"It's with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Mari, today (Saturday) at 2:30am," her family wrote on the site of Mariana Bridi da Costa (

They said she died of a generalized infection and abdominal bleeding.

Doctors at the Dorio Silva Hospital in Serra, in the southeastern state of Espirito Santo, earlier this month amputated Bridi's hands and feet because of irreparable tissue damage caused by a urinary infection.

She was diagnosed with the Pseudomonas aeroginosa bacterium, which can prove fatal.

She twice made it into the national finals for the Miss World contest, and last year traveled to China to participate in the Miss Bikini International pageant.

Mari's 20 years of life, she lived intensely and was very happy," the family said in their statement.
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