Friend’s Makeup Brush Use Lead to Wheelchair

The decision to use a friend’s makeup brush turned out a nightmare for the 27-year-old girl. She will be in a wheelchair for the rest of her days.


Australian Jo Gilchrist will forever remember the latest Valentine’s Day as one of the worst days in her life. That day she felt sharp pain after her body began to develop an infection of Staphylococcus aureus, which eventually affected the spine. The woman was taken to hospital in Brisbane, where she remains up to this day. Doctors are still trying to cleanse the body of harmful bacteria.

It all started with a little pain in the back. She thought it was the effect of poor posture. But with every day, the pain got worse. Eventually, it was no longer relieved by pills, and she thought that she would die. Even when she once gave birth to her son, it did not hurt so much.

It took doctors a long time to determine what had happened to Joe. Her body already started to go numb, and she lost her leg mobility. After that, the girl was brought by helicopter from her native Warwick to Brisbane to undergo an emergency surgery. When she woke up, she learned that she was the victim of Staphylococcus aureus – antibiotic-resistant infection that penetrated her body through the makeup brush.

Jo got infected from a friend who had suffered from the Staphylococcus infection of the face. The disease has damaged the girl’s spine so much that she will never stand up again. In addition, she has forever lost the ability to control her bowel and bladder.