Remarkable story of dad left unrecognisable after losing his lips and four limbs to flesh-eating bug
Alex Lewis was just minutes from death but he has refused to let that stop him from striving to rebuild his life with his son and partner right by his side
Alex Lewis just wants his son to kiss him once again, but after losing his lips and four limbs […]
The Guardian April 2016″Losing my limbs made me realise what I had ” By Stephen Moss
Until two and a half years ago, Alex Lewis was a self-confessed feckless young man in his mid-thirties who loved golf, a drink and his two-year-old son. All that changed in November 2013 when he got a bad cold – “man flu” – his partner Lucy Townsend thought. No big deal: it was the season for colds and his son was ill too; Alex would soon recover. Except he didn’t. He became feverish, he started to pass blood in […]
The Times April 2016 Critics’ choice Pick of the day The Extraordinary Case Of Alex Lewis (C4, 9pm)
The Times Critics’ choice
Pick of the day
The Extraordinary Case Of Alex Lewis (C4, 9pm)
This documentary is well titled: what initially appears to be a run-of the mill example of a generic documentary about extraordinary medical misfortune and the resulting need for heroism develops into the story of a man who was already in a bad place in his life before he lost part of his face and four limbs as a consequence of toxic-shock syndrome.
The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis: next week on Channel 4
The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis is a remarkable, uplifting film following the extraordinary two-year story of a man trying to rebuild his body and his family after a devastating illness. It is set to air next Thursday, 28th April, at 9pm on Channel 4.
PRESS your ear against your biceps, bend your arm and listen. The gurgling murmurs you can hear, made by muscle fibres as they move against each other, could provide a way for people to control prosthetic hands more easily.
In a lab at Imperial College London, PhD student Sam Wilson straps two matchbox-sized listening devices to my arm just below the elbow. I clench my hand and the robotic hand resting on the table makes a fist. I […]