Model Lauren Wasser Faces Another Leg Amputation Because of Toxic Shock Syndrome
She wants other women to be more aware of what they’re putting in their bodies.
This originally appeared on Time.com.
Model will likely lose both of her legs to — and she wants other women to be more aware of what they’re putting in their bodies.
Wasser developed the condition, which is caused by toxins from the Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria and commonly associated with , in 2012 when she was 24. She had part of her right leg amputated later that year and told the Washington Post that she’ll in the coming months, because she is still in severe pain.
Now, the model is , introduced in May by Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, that will require the National Institutes of Health to conduct or support research to determine the safety of ingredients in .
“I think this is my purpose and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Wasser told the Post. “I’m an athlete — my legs were everything. I had no idea what my life would be like without them.”
New York University microbiology professor Philip Tierno that there’s little scientific research on the health risks related to tampon use. A spokesperson for the Food and Drug Administration told the Post that it advises companies to conduct microbiology testing and requires all tampons to receive FDA clearance before going on the market.
In 2015, Wasser’s family against Corporation, which manufactures Kotex tampons, claiming that the company was “unlawfully responsible in some manner.” Wasser did not comment about the lawsuit to the Post, while told the paper the matter was settled.