Mariana del rio died: Brazilian model who lost hands and feet dies

Brazilian model who lost hands and feet dies

In this undated photo released by NOROCK, Brazilian model Mariana Bridi poses during a photo session in Vitoria, Brazil. Bridi, 20, died Saturday after contracting a urinary tract infection that saw the bacteria spread through her body. In a bid to save her life, doctors had amputated her hands and feet. (AP Photo/Octavio Bastos/NOROCK )

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By BRADLEY BROOKS, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — 

One month ago, 20-year-old beauty queen Mariana Bridi was living the dream of many young Brazilian women, trading her striking good looks for a modeling career that promised to lift her family out of poverty.

Then she contracted a seemingly ordinary urinary tract infection. The bacteria spread quickly and inexorably through her body, proving to be extremely drug resistant. In a desperate bid to save her life, doctors amputated her hands and feet. But by Saturday she was dead.

“God is comforting our hearts because he wanted her to be with him now,” her father Agnaldo Costa told reporters outside the hospital where his daughter died. “I can’t accept that my daughter left us so soon.”

Bridi’s Web site says she began modeling at age 14 with the hope of giving “a dignified life to her parents.”

Her father is a taxi driver and her mother a house cleaner.

By the age of 18, she was well on her way: In 2007 and 2008, she was a finalist in the Brazilian stage of the Miss World pageant.

Her Web site said next month she was to participate in the second stage of a modeling competition held in Sao Paulo by Dilson Stein, the Brazilian model scout who discovered supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

Last year, she took fourth in the Face of the Universe competition in South Africa and she had won bikini competitions across the globe.

The Miss World Brazil organization said she was an example of someone “who knew how to intensely live her life.

Half a dozen memorial groups on Facebook had already sprung up just hours after her death. On Bridi’s own page on Orkut – the most popular Web social networking site in Brazil – dozens of memorial messages were left.

The course of her illness was swift.

In late December, she fell ill and doctors in her native state of Espirito Santo – northeast of Rio de Janeiro – initially diagnosed as having kidney stones.

She returned to a hospital on Jan. 3 in septic shock – life-threatening low blood pressure – from the infection that would force doctors to amputate first her feet, then her hands. Doctors said there was little they could do but pump drugs into her and hope for the best.

It was a nightmare scenario for anyone with an infection: Her body did not react to the latest and most potent drugs while the bacteria in her veins spread from head to toe.

In Bridi’s case, the culprit was the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is known to be drug resistant.

According to the January 2008 book “Pseudomonas: Genomics and Molecular Biology,” edited by Pierre Cornelis, a researcher at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology in Brussels, the bacteria has the “worrisome characteristic” of “low antibiotic susceptibility.” It also easily mutates to develop resistance to new drugs.

Death from infections caused by the bacteria are relatively rare, but not unheard of: In late 2006, an outbreak of the bacteria at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles sickened five infants – leading to the deaths of two of them.

The bacteria causes about 10 percent of the roughly two million hospital-acquired infections each year in the U.S., according to health officials.

A short statement from the Espirito Santo State Health Secretariat announced her death on Saturday “despite all the commitment of the hospital team.”

Her aunt said the hundreds of messages left on her Web site had lifted Bridi’s spirit in the past weeks.

“I believe that the serenity on her face came from this spiritual comfort,” Oriendina Pereira Wasen said outside the hospital.

Bridi’s funeral was planned for Saturday afternoon in the town of Marechal Floriano.

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Brazilian model who lost hands and feet dies

By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — One month ago, 20-year-old beauty queen Mariana Bridi was living the dream of many young Brazilian women, trading her striking good looks for a modeling career that promised to lift her family out of poverty.

Then she contracted a seemingly ordinary urinary tract infection. The bacteria spread quickly and inexorably through her body, proving to be extremely drug resistant. In a desperate bid to save her life, doctors amputated her hands and feet. But by Saturday she was dead.

«God is comforting our hearts because he wanted her to be with him now,» her father Agnaldo Costa told reporters outside the hospital where his daughter died. «I can’t accept that my daughter left us so soon. «

Bridi’s Web site says she began modeling at age 14 with the hope of giving «a dignified life to her parents.»

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Her father is a taxi driver and her mother a house cleaner.

By the age of 18, she was well on her way: In 2007 and 2008, she was a finalist in the Brazilian stage of the Miss World pageant.

Her Web site said next month she was to participate in the second stage of a modeling competition held in Sao Paulo by Dilson Stein, the Brazilian model scout who discovered supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

Last year, she took fourth in the Face of the Universe competition in South Africa and she had won bikini competitions across the globe.

The Miss World Brazil organization said she was an example of someone «who knew how to intensely live her life.»

Half a dozen memorial groups on Facebook had already sprung up just hours after her death. On Bridi’s own page on Orkut — the most popular Web social networking site in Brazil — dozens of memorial messages were left.

The course of her illness was swift.

In late December, she fell ill and doctors in her native state of Espirito Santo — northeast of Rio de Janeiro — initially diagnosed as having kidney stones.

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She returned to a hospital on Jan. 3 in septic shock — life-threatening low blood pressure — from the infection that would force doctors to amputate first her feet, then her hands. Doctors said there was little they could do but pump drugs into her and hope for the best.

It was a nightmare scenario for anyone with an infection: Her body did not react to the latest and most potent drugs while the bacteria in her veins spread from head to toe.

In Bridi’s case, the culprit was the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is known to be drug resistant.

According to the January 2008 book «Pseudomonas: Genomics and Molecular Biology,» edited by Pierre Cornelis, a researcher at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology in Brussels, the bacteria has the «worrisome characteristic» of «low antibiotic susceptibility. » It also easily mutates to develop resistance to new drugs.

Death from infections caused by the bacteria are relatively rare, but not unheard of: In late 2006, an outbreak of the bacteria at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles sickened five infants — leading to the deaths of two of them.

The bacteria causes about 10 percent of the roughly two million hospital-acquired infections each year in the U.S., according to health officials.

A short statement from the Espirito Santo State Health Secretariat announced her death on Saturday «despite all the commitment of the hospital team.»

Her aunt said the hundreds of messages left on her Web site had lifted Bridi’s spirit in the past weeks.

«I believe that the serenity on her face came from this spiritual comfort,» Oriendina Pereira Wasen said outside the hospital.

Bridi’s funeral was planned for Saturday afternoon in the town of Marechal Floriano.

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http://www.marianabridi. com.br/

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Mother of Cuba

Mariana Grajales y Coelho (Mariana Grajales Coello) — Cuban patriot, mother of the national hero of Cuba Antonio Maceo, was subjected to repression by the Spanish colonial authorities, in Cuba is a symbol of the women’s heroic struggle for independence and freedom from slavery.

Mariana Grajales was born on June 26, 1808 in Santiago de Cuba. Mulatto by race. On March 31, 1831, she married Fructoso Recayfero and had four sons: Felipe, Fermin, Manuel and Justo. In 1840, Fructoso Recayfero died and Mariana became a widow. Having four children, she lived in poverty. Later she met Marcos Maceo and united her life with him in 1843. On June 14, 1845, Antonio Maceo was born. The family grew, sons were born: Jose, Rafael, Miguel, Julio, Thomas and Marcos, as well as the girls Ballomera Dominga and Maria Dolores, who died from birth on the 15th day of birth. Thus, the family had 12 children. Mariana gave birth to her last child at the age of 52.
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Despite the fact that Marcos Maceo had a good house in Santiago, the family lived in the estate of Mahabuago in the province of San Luis, where there was less despotism of the Spaniards, there was no division into castes, and the children felt more free.

With all her children, Mariana was very gentle and caring, but with regard to discipline and order, strict and adamant. No one was allowed to be outside the house after 10 pm. They always dined together, the house was kept clean and in perfect order.
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Mariana and her husband always discussed issues of raising children together, came to a common opinion on solving various problems, lived in friendship, happy and joyful.

On October 12, 1868, in the estate where the Marcos Maceo family lived, it became known about the uprising of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes. Captain Rondon, an old friend of Marcos Maceo, asked Mariana and Marcos: “Which of your sons is ready to support the struggle for the independence of Cuba?” Volunteered to go to war with the Spaniards Antonio, José and Justo. Mother demanded from them to say: «We swear to liberate the Motherland or die for it.» Mariana and Marcos created a large heroic family during the war. Her first four Recayfero children were as virile as the Maceo children.
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Mariana and the whole family actively participated in the struggle against the Spanish colonialists during the Ten Years’ War (1868-1878), the Little War (1879) and the 1895 war. Antonio Maceo («Bronze Titan», lieutenant general) and José Maceo (major general) were commanders in the Liberation Army. Other members of her family, as well as her husband Marco Maceo, held officer ranks. Both her daughters Baldomer and Dominga also took part in the struggle. In battles with the Spanish colonialists, Mariana’s husband, Marcos Maceo, and all her eleven sons fell heroically.
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During the military campaigns of the Liberation Army, Mariana, despite her advanced age, was in charge of the bases, was one of the first sisters of mercy in hospitals and field hospitals, some of which she created together with Maria Cabroles, the wife of her son Antonio Maceo. Often went to the battlefield in order to help the wounded, both Cuban Mambisi and Spanish soldiers. José Martí, seeing how Mariana Grajales and Maria Cabrales entered the battlefield, remarked, «It’s easy to be a hero with women like these.»
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Mariana Grajales Coello

The military operations of the Liberation Army, in which the brothers Antonio and José Maceo especially distinguished themselves, developed very successfully. In February 1871, General Ignacio Agramonte y Loinas launched military operations in the province of Camaguey, and General Maximo Gomez in the Guantanamo region. But on May 11, 1873, Ignacio Agramonte, the commander of the rebel troops in Camaguey, died in the battle for Himaguaia, and on February 27, 1874, the commander-in-chief of the Liberation Army, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, was captured and shot by the Spaniards, which was a severe blow for the entire rebel movement.
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The war ended in 1878.

Taking advantage of the unfavorable circumstances for the Cubans — the death of Cespedes and Agramonte, as well as disagreements in the Liberation Army itself, the Spanish General Martinez Campos began peace negotiations, as a result of which, on February 10, 1878, the Pact was signed in Sanhon — a peace treaty that meant the end of the Ten Years War.

General Antonio Maceo refused to sign this «treaty of peace without independence» and called for the continuation of the struggle. However, there were no funds to continue this struggle, and he was forced to emigrate.
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The mother of Antonio Maceo Mariana was forced to leave for Jamaica due to persecution by the Spanish military. She was accompanied by the wife of Antonio Maria Cabrales. In May 1878, on a ship under the French flag, Mariana, as an emigrant, arrived in Jamaica. Here Mariana Grajales died on November 27, 1893 at the age of 85.

José Marti, upon learning of Mariana’s death, wrote:

“The time will come when in the Motherland, which she never saw free, from the depths of our hearts, humiliated by slavery today, words of truth will be heard about her life, adding a new page to our heroic history. Wasn’t she by her husband’s side when he died for the honor of Cuba? Didn’t she go through the whole war next to her sons? Was it not she who inspired her compatriots to fight, and then healed the wounds of the fighters, whether they were Cubans or Spaniards. Haven’t we seen her walking with bloodied feet behind a stretcher woven from tree branches on which her dying son was carried? When someone was seized by the fear of meeting with the enemy, it was enough for him to see Maceo’s mother in her unchanged headscarf, so that courage returned to him again. She saw how her son, dying from wounds, got up from the stretcher and, clutching a lacerated wound on his stomach with one hand, with a weapon in the other, together with his guard, put to flight a detachment of pursuers of two hundred people. She considered those hungry years to be the best time of her life, when anyone who knocked on the door of her hut could be a herald of the death of one of her sons on the battlefield. How, choking on words, she talked about the years of the war at her last meeting with the Patria correspondent! She insistently persuaded him to take something from her as a keepsake, stared fixedly into his face, escorting him to the very doorstep. On the graves of Mariana Maceo «Patria» lays a wreath with a single word on the mourning ribbon «Mother».
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Newspaper «Patria», December 12, 1893

“They brought the wounded Antonio Maceo. He had a perforating wound in his chest. He was lying on a stretcher, deathly pale, with his eyes closed. The women, and there were many of them, burst into sobs. One was crying, turning her back to the wall, another, falling on her knees near the dying man, the third, hiding in a corner and covering her face with her hands. And the mother ordered: “Get out, get out of here all the skirts! I can’t bear the tears! Call Brioso.» And she said to her youngest son, who was still a teenager, “Get ready. It’s your time to go to war!»
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Newspaper «Patria», January 6, 1894

On October 22, 1895, the Liberation Army launched a broad offensive against the western provinces of Cuba. An army of 1,500 men was led by General Antonio Maceo (the «Bronze Titan»). This military campaign ended in the Mantua province of Pinar del Río.

On December 7, 1896, in the village of Punta Brava, not far from Havana, a detachment of Spanish soldiers broke into the house in which, after being wounded, Antonio Maceo was with a small detachment of rebels. In this fight, Antonio Maceo was mortally wounded. His death for the Cuban people is one of the heaviest blows in the entire history of the national liberation struggle for independence.
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On March 15, 1923, thirty years after the death of Mariana Grajales, the mayor of the city of Santiago de Cuba proposed that the mother of Antonio Maceo be reburied. On April 24, the urn containing the remains of Mariana was buried with great honors at the Santa Ephigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba. Her daughter Dominga Maceo Grajales and daughter-in-law Maria Cabrales are buried next to the grave of Mariana Grajales.

In 1957, the mayor of Havana, Justo Luis PozodelPuerto, officially declared Doña Mariana Grajales de Maceo «Mother of Cuba».
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On September 4, 1958, the leader of the Cuban rebels, Fidel Castro, in the Sierra Maestra, created a unit called the Mariana Grajales Women Detachment, which became the personification of a female fighter in Cuba. The platoon was armed with M-1 machine guns and performed well in many operations and battles.

In Cuba, Mariana Grajales Airport and Antonio Maceo Airport are named after Mariana and her sons for their contribution to the struggle for the freedom and independence of Cuba.

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Cuban patriot Antonio Guerrero, while in an American prison, made a portrait of Mariana Grajales.

José Marty:

“What was in this woman? What mysticism was hidden in the soul of this simple woman who sent her sons to fight? What is the greatness in the soul of ordinary life? When you write about her, feeling like a son, as if the roots of the soul turn everything inside. This is how she will remain in history: smiling on the eve of death, knowing that her sons, most of whom died, continue their path of struggle, and she brings up her grandchildren, whom she inspires with an understanding of the need and importance of freedom.”
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Original source: http://roscuba. ru/o-kube/lichnyj-opyt/795-mat-kuby

The golden age of Mexican cinema: 10 actresses who conquered the world with their beauty —

For Mexican cinema, the period from 1936 to 1959 is traditionally considered the golden age. At that time, many different films appeared in Mexico that were not remembered by the audience at all, as well as real masterpieces that became classics, and the actresses who played in them became icons. It is about them that Joinfo.com will tell. nine0003

Silvia Pinal

Silvia is one of the most famous actresses. Her filmography includes such hits as «Viridiana», «Angel Destroyer», «Simeon the Desert», and «Ties of Love». In addition to cinema, Silvia also became famous as a theater actress and a star of television shows.

Sylvia has not acted in films for a long time now. She is 88 years old. Now the actress is a member of the Assembly from the Mexican federal circle. In this position, she deals with cultural issues. nine0003

Maria Elena Marquez

Maria became an actress thanks to her neighbor, the famous director Fernando de Fuentes. It was he who convinced her parents to allow the girl to pass a screen test in one of the films. For 30 years, Maria starred in more than 50 films.

The film «Pearl» brought the actress the prize of the Venice Film Festival for «Best Actress». Unfortunately, in 2008, Maria died of heart failure.

Dolores del Rio

Dolores is known as an actress in silent films, regular films, theatre, television and radio. She became the first Mexican actress to succeed in Hollywood.

Dolores played in such films as «Resurrection», «Joanna», «Runaway», and «Unloved». She passed away on April 11, 1983 due to liver disease.

Elsa Aguirre

Elsa is one of the prima donnas of Mexican cinema, who is recognized as the most beautiful woman of the Golden Age. At just 14 years old, she won a beauty contest, and this victory opened her way to the world of cinema. nine0003

Elsa’s most famous films are Care with Love and Vanilla, Bronze and Death. If filming a movie was her main job, then philosophy and astrology can be attributed to the actress’s hobbies.

Maria Felix

Maria is another actress who is known as «the most beautiful face of Mexican cinema.» She never agreed to minor roles, preferred cinema to television and was the ideal of female beauty.

Maria’s most famous films are La Belle Otero, The French Cancan and The Heroes Are Tired. She was the model for many artists, and Christian Dior and Balenciaga chose the actress to show their clothes. nine0003

Maria died on April 8, 2002 at the age of 88.

Liliya Prado

Even as a child, a talented girl who had a wonderful voice and excellently recited poetry attracted the attention of others. She began her career as an extra in 1948, and a year later she played a major role in the film Confessions of a Taxi Driver.

In total, Lilia’s filmography includes more than 100 films and 3 plays. She died on May 22, 2006 at the age of 78. nine0003

Gloria Marin

Gloria started acting at the age of 6 with her mother’s theater company. Later, she began an independent career, and comedian Joaquin Pardave suggested that the girl try her hand at cinema.

Her filmography includes about 100 films and television series. Gloria passed away on April 13, 1983 at the age of 63 due to emphysema. She was only 6 days short of her 64th birthday.

Cathy Jurado

Cathy was the first Latina to be nominated for an Oscar. In addition, she received a star on the Walk of Fame, and the famous singer Frank Sinatra wanted to become her boyfriend, but Katie refused, saying that their friendship was more important to her. nine0003

She often appeared in films in the role of the main negative character, but her performance always made the viewer empathize with Katie’s heroines.

The amazing actress passed away on July 5, 2002 at the age of 78 from kidney failure and lung disease.

Sarah Montiel

Sarah is known not only as a talented actress, but also as a singer with a beautiful voice. The role of the villain in one of the Spanish films brought her success, and soon Sarah moved to Mexico, and then completely went to conquer Hollywood. nine0003

After the actress achieved recognition in the cinema, she became a pop singer and again captivated the public. In 1974, Sarah ended her acting career, as the trend towards filming nudes began in cinema. The woman went to the theater, her performances were always sold out.

Sarah died on April 8, 2013 at the age of 85.

Lupita Tovar

Even when Lupita participated in school theater productions, director Robert Flaherty noticed her. Believing in her strength, Lupita moved to Hollywood, where she began to work on herself: she learned to play the guitar, took dance and English lessons.

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