Miss World Finalist Hospitalized for Potentially Fatal Infection

Miss World Infection

Miss World finalist 2o year old Maria Bridi da Costa, had her hands and feet amputated after contracting a virus that could have been fatal.

Initially when she fell ill on December 30, 2008 she was diagnosed with kidney stones.  However, she had an infection known as Septicamia set in her limbs which cut off her circulation thus resulting in amputation.

Maria’s boyfriend Thiago Simones told sources “We are all absolutely distraught and are just praying now that she can pull through.”

UPDATE:  Officials say Brazilian model  and former Miss World finalist, whose feet and hands were amputated because of an infection has died.

Officials said in a statement early Saturday that 20-year-old Mariana Bridi’s condition deteriorated overnight. She died at 2:30 a.m.

The Espirito Santo State Health Secretariat said in the statement she died from complications related to a generalized infection. It was caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is known to be resistant to multiple kinds of antibiotics.

The beauty pageant contestant was suffering a generalized infection that forced the amputation of her hands and feet earlier this week because the flow of oxygen to her limbs was reduced.

Learn more about this potentially fatal disease:   Septicamia


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Fever and or vomiting
  • Limb/joint/muscle pain
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rash
  • Sleepy/vacant/difficult to wake
  • Confused/delirious

Sepsis is a serious medical condition characterized by a half-body inflammatory state (called a systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS) caused by infection.The body may develop this inflammatory response to microbes in the blood. The related layman’s term is blood poisoning.

Septicemia is an ill-defined term referring to the presence of bacteria or their toxins in the blood. The term improperly mixes components of bacteremia and sepsis, and has been abandoned as a concept.

Sepsis is usually treated in the intensive care unit with intravenous fluids and antibiotics. If fluid replacement is insufficient to maintain blood pressure, specific vasopressor drugs can be used. Artificial ventilation and dialysis may be needed to support the function of the lungs and kidneys, respectively. To guide therapy, a central venous catheter and an  arterial catheter may be placed. Sepsis patients require preventive measures for deep vein thrombosis, stress ulcers and pressure ulcers, unless other conditions prevent this. Some patients might benefit from tight control of blood sugar levels with insulin  (targeting stress hyperglycemia), low-dose corticosteroids or activated drotrecogin alfa (recombinant protein C).

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Source:  The Sun

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