Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Real Shame

In a post several days ago, I explored how terrorists exposed to the bubonic plague (BWOT) most likely died from septicemia - a condition that indicates that a bacterial infection has entered the bloodstream.

Unfortunately a beautiful, 20 year old Brazilian model, Mariana Bridi da Costa, has also just died from septicemia.

Brazilian model Mariana Bridi da Costa, whose hands and feet were amputated in
bid to save her from a deadly and little-known illness, died early Saturday, two friends of the model told
CNN. She was 20.

[...] Da Costa had been in an induced coma suffering from necrosis, caused by septicemia. Triggered by a bacterial infection, septicemia causes insufficient blood flow, which leads to organ failure.

Doctors were forced to amputate both her hands and feet and later extract part of her stomach and both kidneys as the disease took over.

Septicemia is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Not to get morbid or anything, but these are the top ten causes of death in the US:

Heart disease: 652,091
Cancer: 559,312
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 143,579
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 130,933
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 117,809
Diabetes: 75,119
Alzheimer's disease: 71,599
Influenza/Pneumonia: 63,001
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 43,901
Septicemia: 34,136

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