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The Makeup Mistake That Left 1 Woman in a Wheelchair For Life


A young mother will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair after catching a serious infection from using her best friend’s make up brush on a pimple.

Jo Gilchrist, 27, was left writhing in pain on Valentine’s Day when a staph infection invaded her body and eventually attacked her spine.

She has been in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital ever since and doctors are still desperately trying to rid her body of the bacteria.

‘It started as a little ache in my back and I thought it was my bad posture, but it kept getting worse and worse,’ Ms Gilchrist told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I was in incredible pain and nothing would work. I honestly thought I was going to die – the pain was worse than childbirth.’

The mother of one says it took doctors a long time to work out what was wrong and her body started to go numb and she lost feeling in her legs.

‘They said (the numbness) would go all the way up my arms and into my chest and when that happened I’d have to be put in an induced coma and learn to breathe again,’ she said.

Ms Gilchrist was airlifted from her country hometown of Warwick to Brisbane where she underwent emergency surgery.

When she woke she learned she had contracted community-associated MRSA – an antibiotic-resistant form of golden staph.

‘The only thing we can put it down to is the make up brush,’ Ms Gilchrist said.

‘My friend did have a staph infection on her face and I was using her brush just before. I had no idea that could even happen, I used to share with my friends all the time.

‘My best friend feels horrible, but it’s not her fault at all. I just had a low immune system and it was the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria.’

Ms Gilchrist was told the infection had damaged her spine so severely she would never walk again and would be confined to a wheelchair.


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