“Unfortunately Mari couldn’t resist any longer. She passed away at 3 a.m. today,” Henrique Fontes, executive director of Miss World Brazil, said in an e-mail to CNN.
Renato Lindgren, a friend of the model who runs a blog dedicated to her, confirmed da Costa’s death.
On his blog, Lindgren wrote that he and other friends were going to the hospital.
Filed under “count your blessings”.
A Miss World Finalist and Brazilian Model has had her hands and feet amputated due to an infection.
Mariana Bridi da Costa contracted a possibly fatal urinary disease in the end of December, less than a month ago. According to her boyfriend, she was initially misdiagnosed with kidney stones.
“They gave her some medicine and sent her home. But two days later she started getting worse.
“We took her back to hospital and they said she had a very serious infection.
“She got more and more sick, and had no blood circulation to her limbs.
The infection quickly spread. Septicaemia set in her limbs, cutting off circulation and forcing doctors to amputate her hands and feet.
Mariana twice made it to the national finals of the Miss World contest and last year travelled to China to participate in the Miss Bikini International pageant.
A Spanish blog created to provide updates on Mariana Bridi da Costa’s condition says the model’s stomach had to be removed during the last surgery due to internal bleeding.
To make matters worse, according to the blogsite, Bridi has a rare negative blood type.
In 2007 and 2008, Bridi competed for Miss World Brazil, representing first the coastal town of Guarapari and then the town of Sergipe.
Last year she won the award for the best body in the Miss Bikini International competition held in China.
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