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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

US Model Who Lost Her Leg To Toxic Shock Syndrome From Her Tampon Reveals She Is Going To Lose The Other One Soon

Model Lauren Wasser says she will lose second leg to TSS
The model who lost her leg to toxic shock syndrome revealed that she is 'inevitably' going to lose the other and is speaking out to warn women of the dangers of this infection.

Lauren Wasser, 29, contracted toxic shock syndrome (TSS) in 2012 after using a super-plus tampon while on her period. 

Though tampon boxes warn not to leave it in for more than eight hours, Wasser said that she had been frequently changing her tampon while experiencing symptoms of the infection.

What started as flu-like symptoms left her suffering a massive heart attack and on life support as gangrene began to consume both of her legs, which led to a below-the-knee amputation of her right leg and toe amputations on her left foot.


Now as another amputation looms, the Los Angeles-based model is determined to warn women and young girls about the potential risks associated with tampons through promoting legislation for transparency in feminine hygiene products.
The Los Angeles-based model, who is pictured walking during the 2016 New York Fashion Week, has become an advocate to raise awareness about the dangers of tampons
The Los Angeles-based model, who is pictured walking during the 2016 New York Fashion Week, has become an advocate to raise awareness about the dangers of tampons

Wasser said that the remaining injuries in her left foot could mean another surgery to amputate her left leg. 

'My left foot has an open ulcer, no heel, and no toes,' she wrote in an op-ED featured in InStyle. 'I'm in daily excruciating pain.'

Her body has produced calcium which caused the bones to grow on her foot as her brain's way of telling the missing toes to grow back. 

She has needed surgery to shave down the bone because it became too unbearable to walk. 

Wasser also cannot wet her foot due to the open ulcer - something that is difficult for the California-born model.
Gangrene consumed her feet leading to her leg and toe amputationShe is pictured in the hospital where she had a 107 degree fever, suffered a massive heart attack
'In a few months, I’m inevitably going to have my other leg amputated. There’s nothing I can do about it. But what I can do is help make sure that this doesn’t happen to others,' she said.

The model is now an advocate by pushing legislation urging the National Institutes of Health to help test feminine hygiene products to determine they are safe.

Wasser is advocating for a bill called the Robin Danielson Act, named after a woman who died from TSS in 1988, which requires feminine hygiene product companies to disclose exactly what is in their products and what the long-term health effects are.

The bill has been rejected 10 times. 

She has spoken publicly about her condition and given a TED Talk to share her story.  


Via - Dailymail

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