The last thing she could recall was getting into her underwear and lying down in her apartment.
She was just 10 minutes away from passing away when the police found her face down in her flat.
She had two heart attacks, a fever of 47 degrees, failing kidneys, and other organ failure when she was transported to St. John’s hospital.
She was given a 1% chance of survival because the physicians did not understand what was wrong with her.
They discovered the tampon she was wearing, sent it to the lab, and there they discovered the cause while still trying to figure out why an organ in a seemingly healthy 24 year old model was shutting down.
TESTING FOR TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME (TSS) ON THE TAMPON
TSS is an uncommon but serious illness brought on by an infection. Menstrual cups, tampons, or an infected wound can all cause it.
Lauren was placed in a medically induced coma, and 11 days later she emerged profoundly changed.
She weighed 200 pounds and was pumped full of fluid. Her hair was so tangled that it had to be removed, and her legs were black from gangrene.
A dangerous ailment known as gangrene results in the death of body tissue or parts due to a lack of blood flow.
She couldn’t believe it when she heard her mother discussing having her right leg amputated above the knee when she woke up.
The only option to save her limb and stop the gangrene from spreading was to have her leg amputated, despite her mother’s pleadings to the contrary.
For Lauren, age 24, losing her legs seemed to spell the end of the world.
Her mother sobbed as she kissed her right leg as she was carried off to the operating room to have her right leg amputated below the knee.
She was wheel chair-discharged from the hospital three months later.
Because she had lost all direction in her life, she was depressed and thought of killing herself.
She used a wheelchair for eight months before deciding to obtain a prosthetic when it became clear that this was her last option for independence.
She wanted her prosthetic legs to seem like jewels since she didn’t like the stiff, unattractive prostheses that were already on the market.
She chose to get golden prosthetic legs since she has always adored gold.
She continued to have discomfort as a result of the serious injury to her left leg, which required weekly care and operations.
When she ultimately made the decision to have her left leg amputated, she was getting close to the age of 30, and she felt that it was the greatest choice for her future.
Her companion continued to take photos of her while complimenting her on how stunning she was while wearing the golden prosthetics.
As there were no models roaming the street with prosthetic limbs, this inspired her to start modeling again. She had to start from scratch, but she never gave up.
She earned the nickname “The Girl With The Golden Legs” in the modeling community.
Your life could suddenly alter drastically when you wake up since life is not predetermined; at that point, you must decide whether to keep going.
Although it’s easier said than done, always remember to make lemonade when life brings us lemons. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT!