Wednesday, 4 June 2014

British Dad Who Survived Flesh-eating Bacteria But Lost His Limbs And Lips (PHOTOS)

 A British father who contracted a rare flesh-eating bacteria and nearly lost his life has finally been released from the hospital after losing three of his appendages to the pathogens.

Alex Lewis, 34, who is father to a 3-year-old boy named Sam, contracted Group A streptococcus last fall. Though the bacteria is easily fought off by the body, his case turned into septicaemia, in which bacteria enters the blood stream.

Even after the months of surgeries, hospital stays and rehab, Lewis says he feels blessed.

"I am so lucky to be here," he told the Daily Echo.

"I feel desperately positive," he said to the paper, adding that "every day is getting easier."

Lewis, who lives with his partner, Lucy Townsed, had both legs and part of his left arm

amputated six months ago in an effort to save his life from the fast-moving infection. The bacteria also took most of his lips.

Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, Lewis remains positive. The family has received more than $50,000 in donations from across the globe the Alex Lewis Trust, as well as countless letters of encouragement and support from family, friends and strangers alike.

Lewis has already been fitted with a prosthetic arm, and he will get prosthetic legs. Surgeons will also reconstruct his lips. He told the Echo that he hopes to walk again sometime this summer.

Despite his hardships, Lewis focuses on the simple pleasures of life. "I'm not bitter or angry," he told the paper.

"I'd never in a million years think I'd get through this trauma — and come out the other side."

Alex Lewis is shown before he contracted the devastating illness, with partner Lucy Townsend and son Sam.

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