Katie Stam worked her way through 52 contestants to win the Miss America competition. In a weekend that made her Miss America, a tragedy unfolded in the beauty world. Just a few days before the contest, Brazilian model and beauty queen contestant Mariana Bridi da Costa, 20 was reported to have had her hands and feet amputated and would later die from complications resulting from the mysterious illness that developed in December.
It was an awful story that ended in the worst wy. At the time the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the 20-year-old model who was a finalist to represent Brazil in the Miss World contest had her hands and feet amputated after contracting a severe urinary infection.
The infection was caused by bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which has resistance to some antibiotics. According to WebMD,Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections are "exceedingly rare" in young, healthy people in the U.S. Mariana's illness was originally incorrectly diagnosed as kidney stones in December.
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