Doctors amputate Miss World model's hands, feet

12:32, 23 January 2009
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The family of a 20-year-old Brazilian...

The family of a 20-year-old Brazilian model who is fighting for her life after having her hands and feet amputated have urged her supporters around the world to keep praying for their daughter, according to CNN.

A 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.

"Continue praying for her. The doctors are doing everything that is humanly possible to save her, but only God can really save your (sic) life," says the most recent post by Renato Lindgren.

Da Costa`s boyfriend, Thiago Simoes, told the G1 news Web site that Bridi fell ill on December 30 and was initially misdiagnosed with kidney stones.

When her condition worsened she returned to hospital where doctors determined she was suffering from a severe urinary tract infection.

By then, Bridi was also suffering from septicimea, a blood infection that limited the supply of oxygen to her extremities.

The condition forced doctors to amputate first her hands and then her feet.

Her father, Agnaldo da Costa, is said to have told Folha de S Paulo newspaper that "the concern is over her life."

The executive director of Miss World Brazil, Henrique Fontes, issued a call for blood donors.

According to the blogsite, Bridi has a rare negative blood type. By Tuesday, it said more than 100 people had donated blood in her name.

News of Bridi`s condition spread quickly throughout Brazil and then worldwide.

A message on her Web site said that the volume of traffic to the Web site had caused it to crash, and that the site had received more than 15,000 hits in two days.

"The whole world, I repeat, the whole world is touched by the case of Mariana."

The message said they had received "emails of solidarity from all corners of the world: Australia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, France, Italy, USA, Russia, etc.. "

Bridi`s family and friends have urged people to keep praying for Mariana`s survival. "Mariana is (a) warrior and will win this battle."

In 2007 and 2008, Bridi came fourth in the quest to find Miss World Brazil, representing first the coastal town of Guarapari and then the town of Sergipe.

She also came fourth in the Face of the Universe competition held in South Africa in 2007. And last year she won the award for the best body in the Miss Bikini International competition held in China.

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