Brave father who lost three limbs to flesh-eating bug leaves hospital after doctors gave him a 3% chance of survival

Brave father who lost three limbs to flesh-eating bug leaves hospital after doctors gave him a 3% chance of survival

Brave father who lost three limbs to flesh-eating bug leaves hospital after doctors gave him a 3% chance of survival

Written by Bella Dalima

05 Jun, 2014 | 5:25 pm

A young father who lost three limbs when a common cold developed into a flesh-eating bug is finally back home with his family after months in hospital.

Alex Lewis is adapting to life back at home in Hampshire, learning to get about in his wheelchair after  a bacterial infection claimed both his legs and left arm.

The 34-year-old battled against the odds to make a remarkable recovery after doctors gave him a three per cent chance of survival.

His ordeal began last November when the former pub landlord feared he had caught a common cold. Instead, tests revealed Mr Lewis had contracted Group A streptococcus.

The normally harmless bacteria is usually filtered out by the body but in the father-of-one’s case, it developed into septicaemia and toxic shock syndrome.

Lewis’s major organs shut down and he spent a week in a coma as the deadly bacteria wreaked havoc through his body.

Doctors had to amputate both his legs above the knee and his left arm after his feet, fingertips, arms, lips, nose and part of his ears turned black.

He also lost part of his nose, his lips and underwent a pioneering 16-hour operation to reconstruct his remaining arm in a bid to save it.

Medics told his partner Lucy Townsend – who runs The Greyhound pub in Stockbridge, Hampshire – he wouldn’t make it.

But just six months later, the 34-year-old is back home and playing with his three-year-old son Sam.

Despite his ordeal, Lewis says he could not be happier as he has now moved into an adapted home with his family and beloved Labrador Holly.

Lewis, from Stockbridge, said: ‘I feel desperately positive. I feel much stronger and every day is getting easier.

‘I can’t put into words how happy I am to be at home with my family and see my little boy – I’ve missed it all so much.

‘The first thing Sam was itching to do was to get me into his bedroom so I could see all his toys. It was lovely.

‘Our whole life has been turned upside down but for me, there’s a lot of clarity.

‘I feel I’ve experienced life and death and I am just so lucky to be here.’

 

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