Lauren Wasser Suing Kotex For Tampon Infection

Posted on June 18th, 2015 at 3:35 pm
True Tampon InfectionCalifornia model Lauren Wasser is suing the manufacturer of the tampon company, Kotex, after nearly losing her life from using the feminine hygiene product. The 27-year-old reveals to Vice that she was rushed to the hospital in 2012 "ten minutes from death" with a 107-degree fever, where she was diagnosed with TSS – a bacterial tampon infection associated with the use of the product. The illness plagued Wasser with health complications such as gangrene, severe damage to her left foot, and the amputation of her right leg. "I wanted to kill myself when I got home," Lauren, who claims she changed her Kotex Natural Balance tampon three times a day, recalls. "All of a sudden I don't have a leg, I'm in a wheelchair, I have half a foot, I can't even walk to the bathroom. I'm in a bed, I can't move, and I felt like those four walls were my prison." "Had I known all the info about TSS, I would never have used tampons," she says. "You live your whole life and think, 'I'm an athlete,' or, 'I'm a pretty girl,' but this was something physical that I had no control over. It took me a while to figure out if I was still worthy, if I was still pretty."