Lauren Wasser, a Californian model, experienced a life-altering event in 2012 when she lost her right leg due to a highly unusual cause.

Few could fathom how a common hygiene product could lead to such a nightmare and forever change someone’s life. However, Lauren’s ordeal didn’t end there. Recently, she underwent the amputation of her other leg.

Determined to prevent others from experiencing the same ordeal, Lauren is now issuing a warning about the dangers associated with an everyday product.

In 2012, Lauren was hospitalized with what initially appeared to be flu symptoms. However, it was later diagnosed as toxic shock syndrome (TSS) caused by bacterial toxins, originating from the use of a tampon. Prolonged use of tampons, particularly when left in for extended periods, can lead to TSS, a severe and life-threatening condition.

The TSS-induced coma lasted over a week for Lauren, and upon awakening, doctors were compelled to amputate one of her legs due to the infection. She was just 24 years old at the time.

Since then, Lauren has dedicated herself to a single life goal: ensuring that no one else suffers the same fate she did.

“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,” Lauren expressed to The Daily Mail.

She has initiated a legal battle against Kotex Natural Balance, the brand of tampons responsible for her severe reaction. Lauren stresses the importance of consumers being aware of the potential risks associated with tampon use, given the absorbent nature of the vagina and its proximity to vital organs.

Despite her courageous efforts, Lauren recently underwent the amputation of her other leg, underscoring the urgent need for awareness and action to prevent similar tragedies.

Upon emerging from the operating room, Lauren Wasser, the model, shared a photo on her social media platforms alongside Paralympic athlete Amy Purdy, who, like Lauren, has undergone leg amputations. Accompanying the image was a poignant message from Lauren, acknowledging the impending changes in her life yet expressing her resilience and readiness for the next chapter.

“Life is about to be so different, again! I’m in great spirits though and ready for my next chapter photo by my love @camraface,” Lauren wrote.

Her courageous spirit and unwavering determination command admiration. Despite facing immense challenges, Lauren remains steadfast in her fight, not only for herself but also for others, ensuring that no one else experiences the same ordeal she endured.

Please help raise awareness of Lauren’s story so that all women are informed about the potential risks associated with tampons. Sharing her story can help prevent similar tragedies and empower women to make informed choices about their health and well-being.