The Truth About Septicemia, the Disease that Killed Model Mariana Bridi da Costa
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/27/2009 - 17:30

When 20-year-old Brazilian model Mariana Bridi da Costa died last Saturday from septicemia, we were scared. Can anyone get this disease? What are the symptoms? Better yet, what is it?

Septicemia is another name for blood poisoning and occurs when bacteria spreads into the bloodstream due to an infection. In da Costa’s case, her urinary tract infection progressed into the disease and prevented sufficient blood flow to her organs. Doctors had to amputate both arms and legs because her limbs weren’t receiving enough oxygen.

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Brazilian Model Mariana Bridi da Costa Dies at 20
By Monica Herrera | 01/26/2009 - 09:46

Brazilian model Mariana Bridi da Costa, who was fighting for her life last week after doctors were forced to amputate her hands and feet, died early Saturday morning at the age of 20.

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Amputated Brazilian Model Mariana Bridi da Costa Fights for Her Life
By Monica Herrera | 01/23/2009 - 10:20

The family of 20-year-old model Mariana Bridi da Costa is asking the world to continue praying for her survival, after the two-time Miss World Brazil finalist lost her limbs and stomach to severe blood infection. "Mariana is a warrior and will win this battle," says the family through her official website.

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