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A mother-of-three had to have both her feet and parts of her fingers amputated after her menstrual cup caused an infection which spread to her kidneys, lungs and liver.
Sandrine Graneau, 36, from Loire-Atlantique in western France, suffered from toxic shock syndrome after using the cup and had to spend three weeks in intensive care.
Ms - Graneau - Nurse - Cup - Packaging
Ms Graneau, a nurse, later claimed it was unclear from the cup's packaging how long it could be kept in her **** before needing to be taken out and washed.
She wasn't sure but thought she had left it inside herself for several hours, she said, before she fell seriously ill in April last year.
Shock - Syndrome - Acute - Septicaemia - Bacteria
She developed from toxic shock syndrome, also known as acute septicaemia, after the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, which grows naturally in the ****, entered her bloodstream.
Ms Graneau said she initially had pains in her stomach which started off mild but then became severe and she was later rushed to hospital when her blood pressure plummeted.
Bacteria - Damage - Organs
'It is not so much the bacteria that are dangerous as the damage it causes to the organs.
'The toxin spread to my kidneys, lungs [and] liver,' she told French newspaper Le Parisien.
Infection - Tissue - Ms - Graneau - Arms
The infection then started to destroy the tissue in Ms Graneau's arms and legs and surgeons had to amputate both of her feet and most of her fingers to stop it spreading to her vital organs.
Nine months later, she is now going through rehab to learn to walk with prosthetics.
Toxic - Shock - Syndrome
Toxic shock syndrome is rare but is often life-threatening.
Many people know about it because of horror stories about women leaving tampons in for too long and developing gruesome infections.
Condition - Body - Toxins - Bloodstream
The condition develops when bacteria gets into the body and releases harmful toxins into the bloodstream.
Cells get inflamed trying...
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