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Miss World Finalist Mariana Bridi da Costa Dies From Infection

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A 20-year-old model who was a finalist to represent Brazil in the Miss World contest has reportedly had her hands and feet amputated after contracting a severe urinary infection. Mariana Bridi da Costa was sedated in a hospital in Serra, in the south-eastern state of Espirito Santo, and on artificial respiration following the procedures, according to several newspapers. Bridi was diagnosed with a pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterium infection, which can often prove fatal.

Septicemia set in in her limbs, cutting off circulation and forcing doctors to amputate. Her boyfriend, Thiago Simoes, told the G1 news website that Bridi 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. Surgeons had to act to remove her damaged hands and feet.

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Update: Mariana Bridi has died

20 year old model Mariana Bridi has died. Health officials said in a statement that Mariana Bridi’s condition deteriorated overnight and she died early this morning. 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 several kinds of antibiotics. Bridi had been in the hospital in the city of Serra in south-eastern Brazil since January 3. She became ill in December and doctors originally diagnosed her with kidney stones, local media said. Doctors had been forced to amputate her hands and feet after she developed septicaemia.

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