We've all heard horror stories of amputations.
The history of American Lauren Wasser is among them.
The American model was in fact forced to remove her right leg - as a result of something as normal as tampon use.
The 24 year old has had bad luck. The website Vice, who has interviewed the blonde girl from California, writes that Wasser was hit by toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
The disease is very unusual and rarely leads to amputation, but the condition can still be life-threatening if not treated in time, the site writes.
Unfortunately, this was the outcome for Lauren Wasser, when she three years ago began to feel ill.
She says to vice that she thought she brewed on a cold, or at worst a flu. In the same period Wasser had her menstruation, and went to the store to buy tampons as she had done for eleven years.
Later in the evening she felt worse.
- All I wanted was to sleep, she says.
A while later her mother called, who wanted to call for an ambulance.
- But I was so sick that I could not make my own decisions. I told Mom I just wanted to sleep, and that I would call her the morning after. That's the last I remember, says Wasser.
The California girl was found unconscious on the bedroom floor the following day. The organs had begun to fail, she had 41 in fever and underwent a heart attack.
At the hospital, having failed to stabilize Wasser, a doctor asked: "Did she use a tampon?"
She did, and the diagnosis was clear. Doctors determined that Wasser was hit by a serious case of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
The condition was long severe for 24-year-old, who was placed in an induced coma.
She woke up, but for Wasser to survive the leg had to go. It was affected by gangrene.
Today Wasser has accepted that she's a limb poorer, and has learned to live with the prosthesis.
She is hired by the modeling agency Vision in Los Angeles and plays basketball in her spare time.
Now she wants to raise awareness about the rare disease, to prevent the same thing happening to other girls.
The family has sued the tampon firm, which would not comment on the matter to Vice.
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