Daniella Alvarez Vasquez, Miss Colombia 2011-12 (she competed during Miss Universe 2012 when Olivia Culpo and Janine Tugonon finished 1-2 respectively) is a brave woman indeed. After everything she went through, the smile and positivity in spirit never left her at all.
In this report by Mirtle Peña for Hola, it was stated that:
Colombiana Daniella Alvarez is living a very new normal. The former Miss Universe contestant has recently gone in for an operation that would remove a lump from her abdomen. However, during the routine surgery, the beauty queen suffered some complications when the blood to her left leg cut off, forcing doctors to act swiftly. During the procedure, blood was not flowing to the lower part of her left leg, and when doctor’s at Fundacion Cardioinfantil Hospital in Bogota, Colombia, noticed, they quickly went to amputate the lower half in an effort to mitigate any further complications for Daniella.
During the surgery, the nimble and speedy doctors noticed that the mass they were operating had wrapped around Daniella’s main aorta, causing her to experience ischemia (when not enough blood reaches an organ or body part). The model took to her Instagram page to share photos of what would be her new normal post surgery. In the photos we see her surrounded by the immense love and support of her family. She shares, “I want to share with all of you the new me, I love my body the same as before, and am happy to be in the world and be able to tackle all of the new challenges that lay ahead. I know that with God’s help everything is possible. ‘Feet, why do I need them when I have wings to fly’ 😊🙏🙏 let’s keep moving forward.”
Daniella also shared two videos on her Instagram feed: one showing her on her way to her room once she was released from ICU; and another of her speaking out to her fans about what had occurred. Many flocked to the comment to wish the former beauty queen a speedy recovery. Singer and fellow Colombian Sebastian Yatra also took to the comments and shared, “❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻,” as a sign of his full support for her on this new journey that she will be embarking on. Daniella admitted that she will be getting a prosthetic limb in the future so that she can keep doing some of her favorite activities like dancing and swimming.