Model Says Her Career Has Really Taken Off Since She Lost Her Leg To A Toxic Tampon

Tampons are a fact of life for many women, and few of us ever consider that the product we use monthly could ever be dangerous. One model was shocked to discover in 2012 that she was going to lose her leg due to a near-fatal infection caused by a tampon.

She thought it was going to be the end of her career, but she managed to rise above it and move forward with her life, and her career.

Lauren Wasser was only 24 years old and enjoying a career as a model in 2012 when everything changed on a dime. She had her period and ran out of tampons. She went out to a local store to buy a new box, came home and changed her tampon. She then went on with her day.

She started feeling sick not long after the tampon change, and as the day went on she just kept feeling worse. She was supposed to attend a party that night and was debating on whether or not to go.

"I was deciding if I was even going to make it because I was feeling worse and worse as the day went on," Wasser said in an interview with Style Like U. "Just flu-like symptoms, I was feeling nauseous and my head was pounding.”

She did go to the party, but upon seeing her, her friends became alarmed at how sick she looked. They sent her home. “All I wanted to do was get into bed,” she said.

Next thing Wasser remembers was her dog jumping on her and waking her up. Police were pounding on her door. Her mother and friends had been trying to get in touch with her. They found her lying face-down on her bedroom floor.

“I had a 107F fever, my kidneys were failing, I had a heart attack," she says. "Thank god there was an infectious disease doctor there [at the hospital] because as soon as they found me I was plummeting so bad they couldn’t understand why a healthy, young 24-year-old like me was dying."

The specialist checked for a tampon and they immediately realized Wasser was suffering from Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). As soon as the tampon was removed, she began responding to treatments. It was in the nick of time, as the doctors had already been telling the family to start planning the funeral.

Wasser was in and out of it for a while, and she became distressed when she overheard a nurse talking on a phone in her room. "I remember her speaking to someone saying, ‘I have a 24-year-old girl here who is going to need a right leg below the knee amputation,'" she explains. “I knew my legs were not good but I just couldn’t... hearing those words come out of her mouth and being by myself, it was so surreal."

Wasser says she went through 'f--king hell', but now at age 28, the worst is behind her. She's gotten a gold prosthetic leg. She's been a champion for tampon research and potential dangers of using them. And she's gotten her career back on track. Loss of limb didn’t slow her down one bit.

Source: New York Post
Photo: WireImage, YouTube

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