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Vaccinated 20-Year-old Model Claire Bridges Develops Myocarditis, Suffers Heart Attack and Has Both Legs Amputated


A 20-year-old model from Florida has fought for her life for nearly two weeks after suffering a heart attack earlier this month.

Claire Bridges was admitted to Tampa General Hospital on January 16th with severe leg pain and was diagnosed with myocarditis, rhabdomyolysis, mild pneumonia, cyanosis, and acidosis.

Bridges’ heart stopped a few hours after being admitted to the hospital. Her health rapidly deteriorated and she was put in ICU on life support.

The COVID World shared details:

Her father, Wayne, said about the ordeal:

“She has been through so much with this. The last two weeks have felt like two months.”

Wayne received a call from the ICU doctor saying CPR was being administrated because his daughter’s heart had stopped. Over the span of an hour and a half, the 20-year-old had to be revived two more times. Doctors and surgeons worked together to come up with the next course of action for her heart and other organs.

The next morning, she was placed on a Tandem Heart and additional life support. And only a few hours later, she was placed on continuous dialysis because of her failing kidneys.

While all of this was going on, pressure was building in her legs, not allowing blood to flow. Ultimately, it was decided the damage to her legs was too severe and irreversible — they needed to be amputated. Both her legs were surgically removed on Friday.

WFLA wrote:

Claire Bridges, 20, is fighting for her life after she recently contracted COVID-19. She was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 16 and is currently on life support. Her friends tell 8 On Your Side she is vaccinated.

Bridges was born with a serious heart condition, and because of complications and an infection, her condition worsened, as a result, doctors will have to amputate both of her legs. However, her friends say when she found out, she didn’t react the way everyone thought she would.

“She said I want bionic legs, and that’s how Claire is a positive bright light,” Heather Valdes said.

Friends describe Bridges as full of life, someone who makes everyone smile and lights up a room.

“She’s the person who will hype you up,” Caprice Alfred said. “She’s always happy.”

Bridges is a kavatender at Grassroots Kava House. Her coworkers are like family.

“We call her Clurby,” Valdes said.

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Two different GoFundMe pages were created to help with medical and living expenses. So far, more than $90,000 has been raised between the two fundraising pages.

One GoFundMe page reads:

Many people have asked what has transpired and for updates on Claire. Claire was admitted to Tampa General Hospital on Sunday, January 16th, with severe leg pain and Covid. Yes, she was vaccinated! She was then diagnosed with Covid Myocarditis, Rhabdomyolysis, mild pneumonia, Cyanotic, and had Acidosis. Obviously, she was very sick and weak. A few hours later, the ICU doctor called Wayne and said her heart had stopped and they were administrating CPR. The doctor put the Chaplain on the phone, and while he was on the phone with her for an hour and a half she coded 2 more times. Thank God they were able to revive her. The doctors and surgeons were collaborating on the next course of action for her heart and other organs. Monday morning she was placed on a Tandem Heart and additional life support. Monday evening she was placed on continuous dialysis because her kidneys were failing. Tuesday morning she had to go back to the operating room to undergo a Fasciotomy, because the pressure was building in her legs and not allowing blood flow. Unfortunately, the damage to her legs is too severe and irreversible, so she is going to lose both her legs. Claire also faces a long and challenging recovery, and our hope is to give her the best resources possible for her ongoing healthcare needs.

WTSP shared this video report of her tragic story:

Here’s a backup provided by The COVID World:


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