Father who lost four limbs and half his face to flesh-eating

Father who lost four limbs and half his face to flesh-eating


A young father who lost four limbs and half his face to a flesh-eating bug has recalled the devastating moment his son looked at him and recoiled in horror.

Alex Lewis was left fighting for his life after a common cold triggered a strep A infection, blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.

Doctors gave him a three per cent chance of survival, but the 35-year-old battled against the odds to make a remarkable recovery.


Over the past two years he has endured countless gruelling operations to rebuild his face and learned how to walk again with prosthetics.

Now, his extraordinary story will be told in a new documentary which begins filming just days after he was almost eaten alive.  



Alex Lewis lost four limbs and half his face after a common cold triggered a strep A infection, blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome

The doctors told him and his wife that He has a Three percent chance of survival.


He continued: 'Your face is completely unrecognisable and for a little boy to look at that, having seen his father upright, legs, arms, looking normal.

'It was very hard – for the both of us – we both struggled.

'He’s great now, completely fine about it. He’ll give me a hug, a kiss.'

Mr Lewis added the experience has made him understand what is important to him and has revived his enthusiasm for being alive.

He said: 'I read a book called Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, and it said you need to think about questions like "why you are here" - and the "how" will follow.

'As I read it I thought "That really applies to my experience".

'Now I know my "Why?" is Lucy and Sam. And the "How?" - how I look now - that we can cope with.'



Speaking on ITV's This Morning before the documentary airs tonight, he describes how his young son struggled to come to terms with his drastically altered appearance.

So shocked was Sam, then three, that he could no longer bring himself to kiss his father's disfigured face, meaning the pair struggled to bond.

He told presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Phillip Schofield: 'It was an awful period. I was a stay at home father for more than two years before I fell ill.

'It was fantastic, we had a very close bond. Then all of a sudden you’re thrust into something you don’t have any control over.


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He said he had asked Lucy to be his wife after years of refusing to marry her when she asked him.

Now, the pair are fundraising for a £180,000 microprocessor knee joints that would allow him to walk and play with Sam again.

The documentary - called The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis - follows the family gradually rebuilding their lives, including the relationship between Mr Lewis and his partner Lucy. 

Now I know Lucy and Sam are the reason why I'm alive. The question of how I'll keep on living - how I look now - that we can cope with


The father-of-one has previously said he wants his story to be shared and his photos published so he can be a role model to his son Sam. 

'I want my son to be proud of me and at ease in his skin and with everything he does.

'You have no clue what life is going to throw at you and you have to deal with it as it comes. I don't want him to stress about the little things in life.'

His nightmare ordeal began in November 2013 when he caught a common cold, and tests later revealed he had contracted Group A streptococcus.

The normally harmless bacteria is usually filtered out by the body but in this case, it developed into septicaemia (blood poisoning) and toxic shock syndrome.


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

After his feet, fingertips, arms, lips, nose and part of his ears turned black, doctors were forced to amputate both his legs above the knee and his left arm.

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.


'I started thinking "what does Lucy see now?" Physically it's not all there. There are vast amounts missing. That's very hard to get your head around.

'I think following the surgery the level of my disfigurement became apparent.

'It was the shock factor. I didn't know I'd wake up to this face and then it suddenly became everything.'

I want my son to be proud of me and at ease in his skin and with everything he does 

Alex Lewis 

Mr Lewis wants his story to be shared to help people understand his ordeal.

He said: 'I think a lot of people I know will thankfully appreciate the level of surgery and the skill that was undertaken in it all, and they won't just see two huge puffy lips.

'It is quite comical to look at. I do find it funny in a macabre kind of way, a weird funny.

'I won't shy away from it though. It will affect me at times and I'm sure I'll see myself in the mirror and think "look at the state of that" - but that's part of it.

'I want my son to be proud of me and at ease in his skin and with everything he does.

'You have no clue what life is going to throw at you and you have to deal with it as it comes. 'I don't want him to stress about the little things in life.'

Indeed, he maintains the experience has made him less concerned about body image.

'I am far more comfortable in my skin now than I ever was,' he said. 


And despite his hideous ordeal, Mr Lewis says he could not be happier - and describes the last two years as the 'the most tragic but brilliant' of his life.  

'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. 

'I feel desperately positive. I feel much stronger and every day is getting easier.'

His words are particularly poignant given the painstaking journey he has taken in terms of physical rehabilitation.

In one six hour operation, for example, surgeons opened up his mouth and stitched in a temporary sponge foam.

His lips were then built up using flesh from his shoulder and two veins were fused into his artery so his new flesh has its own blood supply.

Extra skin was finally stitched onto the left side of his mouth. Over time, his lips will eventually turn the same colour as his face, the skin will shrink and there will be no scar.

The operation left Mr Lewis 'petrified' but he said he is now hopeful he will one day smile again.

'When it comes to facial reconstruction or facial disfigurement, I think vanity gets the better of you.




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