In a tragic case of medical negligence, a critical diagnosis was missed resulting in the death of a beautiful young model, after having to have her feet and her hands amputated in an attempt to save her life.
20 year old Brazilian Mariana Bridi da Costa sought medical attention in late December and was initially told she was suffering from kidney stones. Unfortunately, what she really had was an infection termed as pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterium, which is often fatal.
When she finally returned to the hospital, the infection had spread. It was then that doctors discovered that septicemia (dangerous bacteria in the blood) had set in. Circulation was being cut off to her limbs, and the only way to save her life at that point was to amputate. Unfortunately, just a few days following the surgery, da Costa died.
It is thought that da Costa was actually originally suffering from a urinary tract infection, which went untreated and ultimately spread, causing the ensuing septicemia.
Another tragedy of a young life cut short by a medical error. Da Costa was once a finalist in the Brazilian stage of the Miss World beauty pageant, and had also participated in the 2007 Miss Bikini International contest. Now, she leaves behind what once was a bright future, shattered.
It is unclear whether a medical malpractice or wrongful death suit will be brought, but chances are there will.