Saturday, January 24, 2009
Mariana Bridi da Costa has died from septicemia. The 20-year-old Brazilian model was originally diagnosed with kidney stones in December, but she was really suffering from a urinary tract infection. The infection spread and developed into septicemia, an illness also known as blood poisoning, which has a 50% death rate.
After having both hands and feet amputated yesterday because of insufficient blood flow to her limbs, Mariana Bridi da Costa died early today at hospital in Serra. The young model was at the start of a promising career, twice placing in the finals for the Miss World beauty contest. She won first place in the "Best in Swimsuit" category of the Miss Bikini International competition that took place in China last year.
Septicemia is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., killing 800,000 people every year. It is caused by a bacterial infection of the blood and can be treated with antibiotics. Very rarely does it develop into as severe a case as happened to Mariana Bridi da Costa.
In the photos of da Costa, you'll see her holding a banner reading Sergipe, which is the smallest state in Brazil.
Mariana Bridi da Costa Pictures
Mariana Bridi da Costa
Mariana Bridi da Costa Holds Flower Bouquet
Mariana Bridi da Costa in Swimsuit
Mariana Bridi da Costa Models Bikini