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A young mother in Australia, Jo Gilchrist, is still trying to recover after developing a staph infection from use of her best friend’s makeup brush when covering up a pimple. The staph infection left her paralyzed and doctors say she will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. The Daily Mail Australia reported on April 5, 2015 that the 27 year old experienced pains in her back which she thought was from bad posture. The pain kept getting worse and worse until she was left with incredible pain when the staph infection attacked her spine. She thought she was going to die and said the pain was “worse than childbirth”. Her body went numb and she lost feeling in her legs. She was airlifted to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital for emergency surgery and doctors at the hospital are still trying to rid her body of the bacteria.
When Gilchrist woke up from surgery, she was told that she had contracted MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) which is an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph. The only thing she can contribute catching it from was her friend’s makeup brush which she used to cover her pimple. Her friend happened to have had a staph infection on her face prior to her use. “I had no idea that could even happen, I used to share with my friends all the time” she told the paper.
Doctors told Gilchrist that the infection damaged her spine so severely that she would never walk again. But Gilchrist has been proving them wrong. She told the paper, “I’m fighting this with all I’ve got and I’m starting to learn to walk again. Two weeks ago they said I might be able to walk for an hour or two a day – like grocery shopping, washing up and hanging the washing out.” Although Gilchrist has been keeping positive and is slowly learning how to walk again, she has lost all feeling below her belly button and she will never have control over her bowel or bladder again.
High strength antibiotics are still being administered to Gilchrist to get rid of the infection and she will spend three more months in hospital before she can return home. She says she feels lucky the infection went to her spine and not her brain or else she would have died. “I feel like I have a second chance at life. Everything happens for a reason, I’ve definitely got my fight back for life,” she told the paper.