Woman confined to wheelchair for life after using friend’s makeup brush

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BRISBANE, Australia – An Australian woman caught a serious infection after using her friend’s makeup brush and will now spend the rest of her life in a wheel chair.

27-year-old Jo Gilchrist was hospitalized in February after experiencing severe pain, according to The Daily Mail.

A staph infection invaded her body and eventually her spine.

Gilchrist, who has one child, tells The Daily Mail it took doctors a long time to determine what was wrong. 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.

Doctors eventually determined Gilchrist 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,” she 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,” she said.

The infection damaged her spine so severely she would never walk again and would be confined to a wheelchair.

“I was so lucky it went to my spine… if it went to my brain I would have died and if it went to my limbs they would have been amputated,” she said.

 

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