This is such a sad sad story. And from a UTI infection!!! goes back to the discussion in our sisters-only area. We really need to be careful about these things... -J.
Miss World Finalist Succumbs After Amputations
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — One month ago, 20-year-old beauty queen Mariana Bridi was living the dream of many young Brazilian women, trading her striking good looks for a modeling career that promised to lift her family out of poverty.
Then she contracted a seemingly ordinary urinary tract infection. The bacteria spread quickly and inexorably through her body, proving to be extremely drug resistant. In a desperate bid to save her life, doctors amputated her hands and feet. But by Saturday she was dead.
"God is comforting our hearts because he wanted her to be with him now," her father Agnaldo Costa told reporters outside the hospital where his daughter died. "I can't accept that my daughter left us so soon."
Bridi's Web site says she began modeling at age 14 with the hope of giving "a dignified life to her parents."
Her father is a taxi driver and her mother a house cleaner.
By the age of 18, she was well on her way: In 2007 and 2008, she was a finalist in the Brazilian stage of the Miss World pageant.
Her Web site said next month she was to participate in the second stage of a modeling competition held in Sao Paulo by Dilson Stein, the Brazilian model scout who discovered supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
Last year, she took fourth in the Face of the Universe competition in South Africa and she had won bikini competitions across the globe.
Rest of story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/24/mariana-bridi-dies-miss-w_n_160551.html