A young father-of-one who came down with a common cold in November has now lost three limbs and skin from his face after the cold developed into a horrific flesh-eating bug. Alex Lewis, 34, had to have both of his legs and his left arm amputated after his feet, fingertips, arms, lips, nose and part of his ears turned black. His major organs shut down and the keen golfer, who has a three-year-old boy called Sam, spent a week in a coma as the deadly bacteria wreaked havoc through his body.
DailyMail reports that for Alex Lewis, the nightmare started only four months ago when he started suffering from a common cold. However, as his symptoms worsened, he was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with a blood infection which developed into septicaemia and toxic shock syndrome.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Mr Lewis recalled how he went to bed early one night in November feeling unwell, only to wake at 2am, passing blood in his urine. His skin turned purple, his eyes dilated and he was rushed to hospital, where doctors later told his partner Lucy Townsend, he wouldn't make it. But amazingly, Lewis survived.
‘In a strange way it is the most amazing thing I have ever lived through. I think nothing but good will come from it. I think you cope because you have to. If you don't, chances are you will probably die. We have all got a resilience within us but it just doesn't get tested. As a family we have been tested in the last four months to the max. But you have to make the best of the situation, realise what you have got, not what you haven't got.
The 34 year old father-of-one, from Stockbridge, Hampshire, underwent a series of gruelling operations in December and January during which surgeons amputated both of his legs and his left hand. He now hopes that one day, he will walk again on prosthetic 'blade runner' limbs. See photos below.