Update: Sadly Brazilian Miss World finalist loses fight for life

January 24, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Brazilian model Mariana Bridi, 20, a two-time Miss World finalist died at 2:30 a.m from complications related to a generalized infection caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the Espirito Santo State Health Secretariat said in a statement. The bacteria is known to be resistant to multiple kinds of antibiotics.

She had emergency surgery this week after falling ill with a a urinary disease caused from the bacteria, that spread to her blood.

Her boyfriend Thiago Simoes said 20-year-old Mariana fell ill on December 30 – but was initially misdiagnosed with kidney stones.

The infection quickly spread – causing her to go back to hospital for tests that revealed her condition.

Septicaemia set in her limbs, cutting off circulation and forcing doctors to amputate her hands and feet. Part of Bridi’s stomach was also removed as doctors tried to contain internal bleeding, local media said.

Mariana twice made it to the national finals of the Miss World contest and last year traveled to China to participate in the Miss Bikini International pageant.


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