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Toxic Shock Syndrome Took Her Leg. Now She'll Lose The Other

Toxic Shock Syndrome Took Her Leg. Now She'll Lose The Other

She had her right leg amputated below the knee, and her toe amputated on her left foot.

Now, the model has opened up about the difficulties she still faces as a result of the toxic shock syndrome, including the likelihood doctors will have to remove her remaining leg due to lasting complications.

She says she saw doctors write "yes" on one leg before her surgery and "no" on the other.

Though tampon boxes warn not to leave it in for more than eight hours, Wasser said that she had been frequently changing her tampon while experiencing symptoms of the infection.

"I have a golden leg that I am completely proud of".

Ms Wasser was hospitalised after she was found in her apartment just 10 minutes from death. The woman is afraid that she will soon have to have the left leg amputated as well.

Because of the calcium her body is producing, the bones on her foot have started growing, which has left her unable to walk because of the pain.

Wasser, from Los Angeles, does not remember much about the moments after she fell ill that Wednesday in October 2012 - she does not remember her fever reaching 107 degrees, or the massive heart attack she suffered, or the days she spent in a medically induced coma after the police called to check on her found Wasser on her bedroom floor, facedown.

"In a few months, I'm inevitably going to have my other leg amputated".

While tampons are largely considered safe by health experts, there is a risk of TSS when using them. But what I can do is help make sure that this doesn't happen to others'.

Lauren is advocating for the Robin Danielson Act, named after a woman who died from TSS in 1988, which requires feminine hygiene product companies to state exactly what is in their products and the long-term health effects of using it. And now, using a gold prosthetic leg, Lauren's mission is to save other women from the same fate.

In an emotional write-up for InStyle magazine, the model opened up about her painful condition that she is going through since the last six years and expressed her desire to raise awareness among girls.

Ms Wasser wants to warn others of the dangers of toxic shock syndrome.

It occurs when bacteria, which live on the skin, invade the bloodstream and produce unsafe toxins. This, in the end, will help women become more aware of how harmful tampons can be.

Although the illness is most common in menstruating women, especially those who use super absorbent tampons, it can also occur in men, children and women who do not use tampons; surgery or a wound could also expose someone to the bacteria.

However, TSS has not impeded Wasser's modeling career. She has landed assignments like Nordstrom's holiday shoe collection and Kenneth Cole's Courageous Class campaign also.

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