A model that has lost both legs due to the development of toxic shock syndrome has revealed that it is training to run in the New York City Marathon.
Lauren Wasser, 31, joined the toxic shock syndrome (TSS) in 2012 after using a super-plus tampon during menstruation. The Los Angeles-based model had one leg amputated at the hospital, but managed to keep most of the other for a few years – until health complications forced her to make a difficult decision.
But, she said on the Today's show, she decided to amputate her other leg, which eventually made her more active – and started training for the NYC marathon.
Traumatic: model Lauren Wasser, 31, had her right leg and toes of her left foot amputated after she nearly died in 2012 of the toxic shock syndrome of a tampon
Heartbreaking: she first had flu-like symptoms before she had a heart attack that caused her to land in a comma. Doctors were forced to amputate her right leg
Fighter: later she amputated her left leg due to complications of her foot surgery
Strength: during the third hour of the Today show, Lauren said she will run the New York City marathon this year
Lauren has been talking about TSS seven years ago since her ordeal.
Although she claimed that she had to replace her tampons regularly, as the instructions suggest, the disease began to show flu-like symptoms the night she started her illness.
& # 39; I just thought I had the flu, & # 39; Lauren said, enumerating symptoms of fever and feeling faint. & # 39; I literally thought it was the flu. & # 39;
In anticipation: she is now using her platform to inspire and inform other people about TSS
She went to the hospital for the symptoms, suffered only a massive heart attack, and received life support while gangrene began to consume both legs.
& # 39; I just know that I am in so much pain and that my feet are just burning, & # 39; Lauren said.
Doctors predicted that Lauren had only one percent chance of survival due to the extent to which the disease progressed when she reached the hospital.
They had to amputate her right leg, as well as the toes of her left foot.
Lauren thought that was all, but then there were complications. The bones amputated in her foot had tried to grow back, causing the model extreme pain.
Finally she decided to undergo a second amputation in 2018.
& # 39; I was turning 30, I just wanted to be active again & # 39 ;, she said about the decision. & # 39; That was the best decision I ever made, and I did it for myself. & # 39;
She is now promote her active lifestyle by training at the New York City Marathon on November 3.
& # 39; I'm lucky to live, you know what I mean. & # 39; Lauren said. & # 39; That not only killed me. My goal now is to be the face and voice of this. & # 39;
Stay positive: & # 39; I am lucky to live, you understand what I mean. & # 39; Lauren said. & # 39; That not only killed me. My goal now is to be the face and voice of this & # 39;
Pushing: Lauren has continued her modeling career since she recovered from TSS. She will have modeled for Adidas and H&M
Get up: Lauren also uses her voice to inform other women and young girls about TSS and what should be known about female products
Creepy: She is pictured in the hospital where she had a high fever, suffered a massive heart attack and gangrene digested her feet, leading to her leg and toe amputation
The prosthetic legs that Lauren uses to move are gold for both her walking legs and walking knives, which makes the model her & # 39; trophies & # 39; calls.
In addition to preparing for running in the NYC Marathon, Lauren also uses her platform to help and inspire other people in situations similar to hers.
WHAT IS TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME?
Toxic shock syndrome is a very dangerous bacterial infection – but it can be incorrectly diagnosed because the symptoms are similar to other diseases and because it is so rare.
It occurs when usually innocent Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus bacteria, which live on the skin, invade the bloodstream and produce dangerous toxins.
Symptoms usually start with a sudden high fever, with a temperature above 38.9C / 102F.
Within a few hours, a patient develops flu-like symptoms such as headache, muscle aches, sore throat, and cough.
Nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, feeling weak, dizziness and confusion are also symptoms.
Women are most at risk of developing toxic shock syndrome during menstruation and especially if they use tampons, have recently given birth or use an internal barrier contraceptive such as a diaphragm.
While tampon boxes advise to replace them between four and eight o'clock, it is common for women to forget this and leave them & # 39; overnight.
She works to inform other women about TSS and the importance of researching feminine care products before they are placed in a person's body.
TSS is an extremely rare bacterium and a life-threatening bacterial infection and is often incorrectly diagnosed because the symptoms resemble more general illnesses.
The infection occurs when usually innocent Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus bacteria, which live on the skin, invade the bloodstream and produce dangerous toxins. It can then cause high fever, low blood pressure, vomiting, confusion and seizures.
& # 39; Toxic Shock Syndrome cost me my leg, but years later I have since committed to raising awareness of TSS prevention & # 39 ;, Lauren wrote earlier in a personal essay for In style for her second amputation.
& # 39; I feel comfortable in my new role as a champion of a condition that affects thousands of people, & # 39; she continued. & # 39; I want to inform women about the possible risks of using tampons. TSS has killed women for more than 30 years and caused damage: let that penetrate. How many lives will it take before something changes? & # 39;
At the time of the personal essay, Lauren advocated the Robin Danielson Act, named after a woman who died of TSS in 1998, who instructs the National Institutes of Health to prioritize research into the potential health risks of products for feminine hygiene.
The bill has been introduced 10 times and has never before been voted on by the entire House of Representatives.
TSS is most common among women who use tampons and affects approximately one in 100,000 women.
In addition to her advocacy work, Lauren still models and recently starred in campaigns for H&M and Adidas.
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