Alex Lewis Saved His Sense Of Adventure After He Lost 4 Limbs To A Deadly Flesh-Eating Virus
For some people, changes can be sudden and frightening. Alex Lewis is one of such people. He has lost four limbs and half of his face in less than 4 months. Warning: disturbing graphics.
A strange common cold
Alex's story began in November 2013 when he collapsed. What started off as a common cold quickly turned into something tragic.
His family, the wife and then 3-year-old son, watched as the cold morphed into a flesh-eating virus, Strep A, that claimed his legs, two hands and a portion of his face,
Zest for life
Shocking as his experience was, in 2016, the wheelchair-bound former golfer proved he had not lost his zest for life. Alex said:
I'm kind of glad this all happened to me.
He told Telegraph.co.uk that he was lucky to be one of the rare survivors of the deadly virus and his optimism is both inspiring and unsurprising.
Alex is 1 of an estimated 10,000 people who get Strep A yearly, and 1 of the even rarer 400 people who survive it after a quadruple amputation.
Helping other victims
The father of one was looking forward to living a full life with the aid of prosthetic limbs and even wants to compete in the Paralympics someday.
He's made the prosthetic limbs happen with a trust set up in his name.
But, now that he is almost done with rehabilitating, he plans to found a charitable organization to help other people who become victims of the deadly virus.