A 29-year-old model who had lost her right leg to toxic shock syndrome (TSS), has undergone surgery to amputate her other limb.
Laura Wasser said she planned to undergo the operation this past December as she still had to deal with the excruciating pain of her condition.
Wasser caught the life-threatening condition in 2012 while on her period. She was found unconscious in her apartment after her mother called the police to conduct a welfare check, and was rushed to the hospital.
When she arrived at the hospital, doctors discovered Wasser had suffered a heart attack and her organs were failing. Both her legs were affected by gangrene, and needed to be amputated.
According to Today, when Wasser woke up from her medically induced coma, doctors recommended amputating both of her legs, but she decided to save her left leg, and remove her toes.
TSS is caused by toxins from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, which has been linked to tampon use, and still affects about one in 100,000 women every year.
“I have a golden leg that I am completely proud of, but my left foot has an open ulcer, no heel and no toes. Over the years, my body has produced a lot of calcium, which causes my bones to grow on that foot," Wasser wrote in an InStyle essay. "Basically, my brain is telling my toes to grow back — and it got to the point where I need surgery to shave the bones down because it becomes too unbearable to walk.”
Now Wasser's revealed she has had her other leg amputated to lessen her pain.
On Jan. 15, Wasser announced she underwent surgery to have her right leg amputated, after she revealed she was in 'daily excruciating pain' as a result of the TSS.
“I don’t have toes, and I have to go to wound care every Monday for my heel. I’m in so much pain. It’s a hard decision, but my only way to freedom,” Wasser told PEOPLE before her operation. “I can’t wait to have two gold blades, to run and feel the wind on my face again.”
Wasser updated her fans on the surgery by posting a picture on Instagram with Paralympian Amy Purdy, who is also a double amputee.
“Thank you so much for stopping by it really meant the world,” Wasser wrote. “Thank you for showing me that life is only going to get better and that I have so much life to live.”
My baby @camraface had another surprise for me this morning.... A knock on my door and in walks the amazing, talented, badass beauty @amypurdygurl! Thank you so much for stopping by it really meant the world❤️ thank you for showing me that life is only going to get better and that I have so much life to live💯💪🏻❤️ #igotthis #amputee #lifewithoutlimits thank you @camraface 😘 I love you 💕
Despite losing both legs, Wasser is adamant on using her platform for good. Backed by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Wasser is advocating for legislation that would "require the National Institutes of Health to conduct or support research into the safety of tampons and other feminine hygiene products."
“It’s transparency I’m looking for,” Wasser said. “I think being more honest with the general public about the risks and educating them on using the products, signs to look out for… The vagina is the most absorbent part of the woman’s body. If you have a toxic tampon you put it in the most absorbent part your body it goes straight to you blood stream.”
“Because we are women we have to fight for everything; we need to stick together,” she added.
It goes without saying, Wasser is truly an inspiration to us all!