A model who lost her right leg to toxic shock syndrome caused by a tampon has revealed it’s “inevitable” she will lose her left leg too.
Lauren Wasser, 29, wants other women to be aware of the dangers of using tampons after she almost died from TSS in 2012.
She began to experience flu-like symptoms when she was on her period but it quickly spiraled into the potentially deadly infection.
Wasser suffered a heart attack, her kidneys failed and gangrene set in, leaving doctors with no choice but to amputate her right leg and some toes on her left foot.
The model and activist has permanent injuries on her left foot, which she says will “inevitably” lead to her having her second leg amputated.
“My left foot has an open ulcer, no heel and no toes,” she wrote in InStyle. “I’m in daily excruciating pain.”
“In a few months, I’m inevitably going to have my other leg amputated.
“There’s nothing I can do about it. But what I can do is help make sure that this doesn’t happen to others.”
Wasser is now pushing for legislation urging the National Institutes of Health in the US to conduct further research into whether feminine hygiene products like tampons are safe.
She is a strong advocate for a bill called the Robin Danielson Act, named after a woman who died of TSS in 1988, asking makers of feminine hygiene products to fully disclose what is in their products.