A model famous for a second place in Brazil's popular Miss Bumbum-competition is fighting for her life in intensive care after a botched cosmetic surgery.
Andressa Urach, is in a 'serious condition' in a hospital in the southern city of Porto Alegre after removing gel from her thighs, which had previously been injected for cosmetic purposes.
The 27-year-old's surgery wounds became infected following a second operation to drain her thighs and she is currently being sedated, her mother Marisete De Favari said.
Miss Urach came second in the 2012 Miss Bumbum competition, which scours Brazil for the most attractive behind in the land.
Ahead of the competition, Miss Urach, who hit headlines around the world after claiming she had had an affair with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, a claim he strenuously denied, had injected two types of 'body fillers', hydrogel and PMMA, into the upper legs to fill out the thighs and lift her bottom.
In July this year the model discovered that the products were causing her leg muscles to rot, leaving her in excruciating pain.
In an interview with Brazil's R7 website, she said: 'The hydrogel was not absorbed by my body and started to harm me. Now I've discovered that the PMMA is sticking to my muscles and causing the tissue to rot.
'That's why I am feeling such strong pains. I'm taking morphine every four hours and antibiotics to alleviate the suffering.'
Miss Urach underwent an operation in July to drain 400ml of hydrogel from each leg, but the model continued to complain of discomfort and pain.
On Saturday she was rushed to the Conceicao Hospital in Porto Alegre with an advanced infection of her left leg.
She underwent two unsuccessful drainage procedures on Sunday and Monday, according to reports.
On Tuesday, Miss Urach went into septic shock and was taken to the intensive care ward, where she remains sedated in a 'serious' state.
The thigh augmentation surgery was one of at least nine cosmetic procedures the Miss Bumbum runner-up had done in the last five years, according to reports.
They included a nose job, a bioplasty facial 'correction', jaw reduction, boob job, liposuction and even vaginal lip reduction.
A friend of Ms Urach, who didn't want to be named, said the TV presenter had been unable to perform physical exercises for four months.
She said: 'She was always in a lot of pain. She knew that the liquid was dripping inside of her and she didn't want to use shorts or miniskirt.'
Another Miss BumBum contestant, Jessica Lopes, who shared a flat with Ms Urach, said: 'Everyone is in a state shock.
'Andressa and I would go to the plastic surgeon as if we were going shopping. Sometimes we would agree to do some procedure together, we were not afraid. We were slaves to beauty.'