I used to be 10 minutes from loss of life and misplaced each my legs to a tampon – however that hasn’t stopped me from being a profitable mannequin

A mannequin has revealed how she virtually died after contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) attributable to a tampon.

Lauren Wasser, 35, of Santa Monica, California, who had each legs amputated attributable to TSS, mirrored on the lasting affect of her near-death expertise on The Diary Of A CEO podcast with Steven Bartlett.

What began as flu-like signs brought about her to have a large coronary heart assault and go on life help as gangrene started to eat each of her legs, resulting in a below-the-knee amputation of each limbs.

Now the Los Angeles-based mannequin is set to warn girls and younger ladies in regards to the potential dangers of tampons by selling laws for transparency in female hygiene merchandise.

In 2012, the then-24-year-old athletic turned down a full basketball scholarship to a high college to deal with her blossoming profession in trend.

However, life took an unpredictable flip when she began to really feel unwell and she or he thought she was coming down with the flu.

She was discovered ten minutes after loss of life in her condominium, face down, unconscious on her bed room ground coated in feces and vomit, after her mom referred to as the police for a welfare verify when she had not heard from her in a while.

While within the hospital with a fever of 107 levels, she suffered a coronary heart assault and her organs started to fail earlier than she was put into an induced coma.

An infectious illness physician ordered workers to verify she had a tampon in and after a check was performed she was identified with TSS.

Toxic shock syndrome is a uncommon and life-threatening bacterial an infection. It is usually misdiagnosed as a result of the signs resemble different extra widespread sicknesses.

While her life was saved, the harm to Lauren’s legs from gangrene was irreversible and the docs needed to amputate.

Speaking on the podcast, she mentioned, “My feet were on fire, it was like someone set my foot on fire, the burning sensation was insane.

Lauren Wasser, 35, of Santa Monica, California, revealed she almost died after contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome caused by a tampon

While in the hospital her fever reached 107 degrees, she suffered a heart attack and her organs began to fail before she was put into a medically induced coma.

“My right leg was worse than my left, my toes on my left turned purple, but there was a lot more damage on my right, you could see that. So then came the concern that they actually had to amputate my right leg to save my life, otherwise I would die.’

However, Lauren revealed that she only found out about having her leg amputated after hearing a nurse talking on the phone.

She said, ‘I’m lying there, my room is empty and I hear a nurse behind a curtain, she says, ‘I’ve got a young girl here, she’s 24 years old, who’s going to need a lower right leg – the knee amputation.

“I remember looking around and thinking, ‘Is she talking about me, she’s saying I’m an amputee? And I just started screaming, I screamed for my mother, my godfather, I screamed for everyone, saying; “Don’t let this person touch me”.

“I was not aware of the seriousness of the situation for myself. That was the first time I heard the word amputation.’

Lauren has also made her mark in the fashion industry, starring in campaigns for Lacoste, Furla and Shiseido, and earning the nickname of the fashion girl with the gold legs, as her prosthetic legs are made of gold.

Lauren, who had to have both her legs amputated due to TSS, reflected on the lasting impact of her near-death experience on The Diary Of A CEO podcast with Steven Bartlett (pictured)

At the time, her doctors had recommended amputation of both legs, but there was a 50 percent chance that her left leg could be saved, so she took the risk.

She said, “I probably haven’t looked at my leg in months, I couldn’t even acknowledge it had happened.”


Toxic shock syndrome is a really harmful bacterial an infection, however it may be misdiagnosed as a result of the signs are much like these of different illnesses and since it’s so uncommon.

It happens when normally innocent Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus micro organism, which reside on the pores and skin, enter the bloodstream and launch harmful toxins.

The prevalence of TSS is unclear, however docs have claimed that it impacts about one or two in 100,000 girls.

It has a mortality price of between 5 and 15 p.c. And it recurs in 30 to 40 p.c of circumstances.

Symptoms normally start with a sudden excessive fever – a temperature above 38.9°C/102°F.

Within a number of hours, a affected person develops flu-like signs, together with headache, muscle aches, sore throat, and cough.

Nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, dizziness and confusion are additionally signs.

Women are most vulnerable to growing poisonous shock syndrome throughout menstruation, particularly in the event that they use tampons, have lately given beginning, or are utilizing an inner barrier contraceptive corresponding to a diaphragm.

While tampon bins advise altering them between 4 and eight hours, it’s widespread for girls to neglect about them and depart them in in a single day.

Treatment might embody antibiotics to struggle the an infection, oxygen to assist with respiratory, fluids to forestall dehydration and organ harm, and medicine to manage blood strain.

Dialysis might also be obligatory if the kidneys cease working.

In extreme circumstances, surgical procedure could also be essential to take away lifeless tissue. In uncommon circumstances, it might be essential to amputate the affected space.

To stop TSS, girls ought to use tampons with the bottom absorbency for his or her interval, alternate between tampon and pad, and wash their fingers earlier than and after insertion.

Tampons must also be modified repeatedly, as directed on the bundle – normally each 4 to eight hours.

“The doctors come in and they tell me I had some kind of complication during the surgery and they say, ‘Okay, Lauren, we can’t give you any pain medication for the next 24 hours.’ This is right after I amputated my leg, chopped off.’

“I think it had something to do with the drug, trying not to let my heart freak out and have another heart attack, I don’t even remember.”

So for twenty-four hours they put me in my very own little room and I felt every thing that was performed to me, I screamed, I cried, I felt like a shark had ripped by way of my leg.

“My mom couldn’t be in the room, no one could be because I was screaming, crying and panicking. Not only was it traumatic to have my leg chopped off, but to actually feel what was just done to me was another level.”

After she was launched from the hospital, she was confined to a wheelchair for eight months.

She mentioned, “Every day I would roll myself in the shower, sit on a stool and scream and cry and yell at God.

“And I want to think about ways I can commit suicide, to end my life. But every day there was something that said, ‘Wait a minute,’ Something in my soul said, ‘Wait a minute, and now it all makes sense.’

While doctors initially saved her left leg, in the six years that followed it hurt her so much that she had no choice but to have it amputated as well, just before she turned 30.

Lauren has since devoted much of her efforts to raising awareness of TSS and advocating for greater transparency in women’s menstrual products.

She said, “(Tampons) are made using chlorine bleach, dioxin and synthetic fibers, which create the perfect storm in our bodies.”

“I worked with a mother who lost her teenage daughter to TSS when she was 18: Madeline Mosby. Through the darkness and trauma of it, we have joined forces to want to change the world and advocate and pass these bills.

“She’s done a lot of groundwork, like setting up her DontShockMe.org foundation. There’s a bill we’re working on to pass.”

She has additionally labored with Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to advertise laws requiring producers to checklist all components of female hygiene objects on their packaging.

Lauren has additionally made her mark within the trend trade, starring in campaigns for Lacoste, Furla and Shiseido and incomes the nickname of the style woman with the golden legs, as each of her prosthetic legs are product of gold.

TSS happens when normally innocent Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus micro organism, which reside on the pores and skin, enter the bloodstream and produce harmful toxins.

Symptoms embody excessive fever, low blood strain, vomiting, confusion and seizures.

It is most typical in girls who use tampons. Each 12 months, poisonous shock syndrome impacts about one in 100,000 girls.

Tampon bins include a warning in regards to the lethal an infection after leaving it in for greater than eight hours, although Wasser mentioned she modified hers repeatedly.