Miss world Finalist Mariana Bridi da Costa whose feet and hands were amputated due to an infection has died Saturday after struggling for weeks against the illness.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Mari, today at 2.30 a.m., her family wrote in a statement posted on the site of Mariana, www.marianabridi.com.br Web site.
Doctors were said to have amputated both her feet and her hands and removed part of her stomach in an effort to save her life. Both kidneys were also removed, and she was left breathing through a respirator.
The hospital in Brazil's Espirito Santo state said she died of a generalized infection and abdominal bleeding. It was caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is known to be resistant to multiple kinds of antibiotics.