- Lauren Wasser, 29, had her legs amputated because of toxic shock syndrome caused by a tampon
- The California-based model has become an advocate by raising awareness about the potential dangerous effects of tampons to women and young girls
A 29-year-old California model has lost her left leg to toxic shock syndrome caused by a super absorbent tampon – five years after her right leg was amputated.
Lauren Wasser revealed on Instagram Sunday night that she had a successful surgery involving the removal of her left leg.
Last year, prior to her second surgery, Wasser spoke of the damage that infections caused her left leg.
“In a few months, I’m inevitably going to have my other leg amputated. There’s nothing I can do about it,” she said via InStyle Magazine.
“Toxic Shock Syndrome cost me my leg, but, years later, I have since dedicated myself to raising awareness about TSS prevention,” she added.
What is a Toxic shock syndrome?
According to the Mayo Clinic, toxic shock syndrome or TSS is a life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections, and while it is an extremely serious condition, it is also a rare condition. Cases of toxic shock syndrome are often linked to the use of super absorbent tampons. Skin wounds and surgery are also risk factors for toxic shock syndrome.