Young Mom in a Wheelchair for Life, Caught Infection from Friend’s Makeup Brush

Young Mom Catches Staph Infection from Make up Brush 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.

Jo Gilchrist, 27, will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair caring for son Tommy after catching a serious infection from using her best friend's make up brush

Jo Gilchrist, 27, will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair caring for son Tommy after catching a serious infection from using her best friend’s make up brush

‘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.

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Maurice Smith