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Flesh-Eating Bacteria Causes Alex Lewis To Lose Legs, One Arm And Part Of Face

16/03/2014 19:42 GMT | Updated 17/03/2014 15:59 GMT

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A man who thought he was just suffering from a cold ended up losing both legs, an arm and part of his face to flesh-eating bacteria.

Father, Alex Lewis, says that worse than his injuries is his three-year-old son's refusal to go near him after his surgery.

The 34-year-old, from Stockbridge, Hampshire, was in a coma for a week after contracting a blood infection, Group A streptococcus.

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Alex Lewis

Unfortunately, it developed into septicaemia and toxic shock syndrome causing parts of his body to turn black.

Doctors told his partner, Lucy Townsend, that he was unlikely to survive but he fought back.

He told the Southern Daily Echo: "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."

The amazingly plucky gent hopes to walk again using 'blade runner' prosthetics.

Doctors were forced to amputate his limbs and use muscle from his back to rebuild his right arm.

He said: "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. that's amazing.

"I think you realise how precious life is. It sounds corny but it's so true."

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