Triple amputee Alex Lewis suffers heartache

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IT is a cruel twist of fate that has left a community devastated.

Just days ago young dad Alex Lewis, who became a triple amputee when a cold developed into a flesh-eating bug, beamed as he told how much he was loving life back at home.

He was set to attend a massive fundraising festival his local community has arranged for him this Saturday and he was counting down the days until he could wheel himself onto the stage in his new sporty chair using his remaining arm - the arm he regarded as the ultimate gift.

But the 34-year-old dad, his partner Lucy Townsend and their three-year-old son Sam have suffered a tragic blow.

Alex was yesterday admitted to hospital and he has undergone an emergency amputation of his only limb.

Today he will wake up facing a future as a quadruple amputee. However testament to his positivity, he referred to the news as a ‘minor setback’

He said: “All of you make this minor setback a walk in the park, excuse the pun, with all your support I continue to feel humbled everyday and I still can’t thank everyone enough for what they have done and what they are about to do for the trust.

"You are all amazing.”

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Alex pictured last week with organisers of The Bridge Music Festival which takes place this Saturday in aid of the Al Lewis Trust

The Daily Echo exclusively reported how Alex lost three limbs, part of his nose and his lips when the normally harmless bacterial infection Group A Streptococcus in his rare case rapidly developed into multiple organ failure, septicaemia and toxic shock syndrome.

Remarkably he beat the odds to survive and underwent pioneering surgery he described as 'off the scale' to save his right arm.

Medics performed a 16-hour operation in which they stripped his arm back to its skeleton and pieced it back together using large parts of muscle and nerves taken from his back.

That battle paid off.

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Alex was recently fitted with a basic prosthetic arm but relied on his reconstructed right arm to help him get around his Stockbridge home 

Alex, who felt lucky he had one remaining tool for doing things most take for granted like sending a short email on his iPad using the underside of his little finger, explained the nerves were re-growing impressively and soon he’d even be able to feel his thumb twitch.

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But last Friday, the day after he appeared on This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield before enjoying an evening in London with his best friend and carer Chris Bagley, Alex broke his arm in three places.

Hospital scans revealed that the Strep A has caused an infection and seriously damaged the bones, making them weak and irreparable.

He now faces six weeks in Salisbury District Hospital where doctors will also perform surgery to reconstruct his lips.

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Lucy, who runs Michelin pub of the year The Greyhound on the Test in Stockbridge where the couple live, said yesterday: “He is still wonderful and full of spirits.

"He’s a little scared in case they find something else but he hasn’t lost his sense of humour.

“We hope they will amputate below the elbow but they won’t know until they operate and see how badly damaged the arm is.”

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Alex pictured with his beloved dog Holly at his specially adapted home in Stockbridge

Saturday’s fundraiser, which will see hundreds of people descend on Stockbridge to raise money for the Al Lewis Trust set up to help the family with rehabilitation costs, will go ahead.

The family event at Stockbridge Recreation Ground will start with a community fete from 1pm before The Bridge Music Festival will see bands take to the stage from 2pm until 11pm with a fireworks finale.

Tickets costing £3 must be bought in advance for the evening’s entertainment but anyone can turn up to the fete.

For information about the fundraiser go to thebridge.moonfruit.com

For tickets go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-bridge-music-festival-tickets-12037138405?aff=eac2

To support Alex and make a donation go to www.alex-lewis.co.uk

 

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6:43am Thu 26 Jun 14

ilovelamp says...

Stay positive Alex. I have so much respect for this man, truly an inspiration so humble and knows what is really important in life. Will be donating all the best
Stay positive Alex. I have so much respect for this man, truly an inspiration so humble and knows what is really important in life. Will be donating all the best ilovelamp
  • Score: 62

6:46am Thu 26 Jun 14

sue1956 says...

He is such a brave man. What a dreadful set back. Wish him all the best.
He is such a brave man. What a dreadful set back. Wish him all the best. sue1956
  • Score: 51

8:02am Thu 26 Jun 14

Brite Spark says...

Inspirational.
Inspirational. Brite Spark
  • Score: 39

8:11am Thu 26 Jun 14

elvisimo says...

Gutted for this amazing guy and family. Stay strong and all the best
Gutted for this amazing guy and family. Stay strong and all the best elvisimo
  • Score: 37

8:43am Thu 26 Jun 14

pod says...

Words cannot describe this mans spirit, he is inspirational.
Words cannot describe this mans spirit, he is inspirational. pod
  • Score: 28

9:11am Thu 26 Jun 14

vag says...

Crikey, that is just beyond belief. I hope he stays as positive as he has been, thus far. Good luck fella.
Crikey, that is just beyond belief. I hope he stays as positive as he has been, thus far. Good luck fella. vag
  • Score: 23

10:35am Thu 26 Jun 14

Kirsty666 says...

Keep with it you can still do amazing things and you have given the greatest gift of all LIFE if there is a website or somewhere people can donate money for this man and his family can the Daily Echo put a link on please so this man can hopefully get decent prostetic limbs.
Keep with it you can still do amazing things and you have given the greatest gift of all LIFE if there is a website or somewhere people can donate money for this man and his family can the Daily Echo put a link on please so this man can hopefully get decent prostetic limbs. Kirsty666
  • Score: 23

11:44am Thu 26 Jun 14

shirlski says...

The strength and stoicism of this man is truly breathtaking. On a daily basis the Echo is full of dismal stories regarding the dross of society that blight our streets, this bloke is a beacon of hope that the British Bulldog spirit is alive and well, incredible!
The strength and stoicism of this man is truly breathtaking. On a daily basis the Echo is full of dismal stories regarding the dross of society that blight our streets, this bloke is a beacon of hope that the British Bulldog spirit is alive and well, incredible! shirlski
  • Score: 22

12:26pm Thu 26 Jun 14

sparkster says...

what a brave and positive man. It makes you think how lucky you are to have all your limbs, when people moan about this and that they should realise the saying "there is always someone in a worse position than you. You're doing great Alex, a true inspiration
what a brave and positive man. It makes you think how lucky you are to have all your limbs, when people moan about this and that they should realise the saying "there is always someone in a worse position than you. You're doing great Alex, a true inspiration sparkster
  • Score: 17

1:13pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Tara Russell says...

For anyone who would like to donate to Alex and his family, please see the link at the bottom of the story:
www.alex-lewis.co.uk

Or you can go directly to the donation site here: https://fundrazr.com
/campaigns/diiy9
For anyone who would like to donate to Alex and his family, please see the link at the bottom of the story: www.alex-lewis.co.uk Or you can go directly to the donation site here: https://fundrazr.com /campaigns/diiy9 Tara Russell
  • Score: 15

3:58pm Thu 26 Jun 14

couzzy33 says...

There are no words to describe this guy, absolute hero maybe? For someone to be so brave and his child to look so very happy is enough to bring a tear to anyone's eye. The courage he has are an example to us all.
There are no words to describe this guy, absolute hero maybe? For someone to be so brave and his child to look so very happy is enough to bring a tear to anyone's eye. The courage he has are an example to us all. couzzy33
  • Score: 15

7:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Sheriden says...

We really hope you can join us at The Bridge Music Festival this Saturday.

We are even more determined to make this a party to remember.

Tickets are available and you can buy online. www.thebridge.moonfr
uit.com

Please post a comment if you are coming along. It will be great to here from you.
We really hope you can join us at The Bridge Music Festival this Saturday. We are even more determined to make this a party to remember. Tickets are available and you can buy online. www.thebridge.moonfr uit.com Please post a comment if you are coming along. It will be great to here from you. Sheriden
  • Score: 7

8:29pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Sole Survivor says...

What an inspiration. All the best for the future Alex
What an inspiration. All the best for the future Alex Sole Survivor
  • Score: 6

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