A 34-year-old father thought he had come down with a common cold last year, but a few months later, the man is now missing three limbs and half his face.
One night last November, Alex Lewis went to bed assuming he had a virus of some sort. However, a few hours later, he found himself in the hospital barely hanging onto his life. Doctors didn’t know if he would survive, and they even warned his wife that she should say goodbye.
Lewis’ organ started shutting down, and after being put into a medically induced coma, he was given a three percent chance of survival.
Doctors soon discovered that Lewis was infected with Group A streptococcus that had turned into septicemia. After parts of his body started to turn black, doctors were forced to amputate both his legs and, so far, only his left arm.
“I’ve got no use of my fingers yet but they hope in time the tendons and muscles will finally work their way through and I may get the use of my thumb and forefinger but otherwise it may be another amputation,” said Lewis. “I’m lucky to be alive today. To be able to have the chance to walk the dog with my son again in the countryside, something as simple as that, just like I used to, well that’s just amazing. I think you realize how precious life is. It sounds corny but it’s so true.”
Despite his unfortunate situation, Lewis says it has changed his life in a positive way.
"In a strange way, it is the most amazing thing I have ever lived through,” said Lewis. "I think nothing but good will come from it. I think you cope because you have to. If you don't, you will probably die."
According to reports, it’s extremely rare that this type of infection ever causes so much serious damage and can, in most cases, be treated with antibiotics.