The infection damaged her spine, leaving her paralyzed below her belly button. While doctors initially said she’d never be able to walk again, Gilchrist is undergoing intense physical therapy and now may eventually be able to walk for short periods of time. She will still be confined to a wheelchair most of the time.
Gilchrist remains hospitalized as she continues to undergo powerful antibiotic treatment to eliminate the infection from her body. Her two-year-old son is being cared for by family while she recovers.