Strep A battle sees British dad loses limbs and parts of his face

Dr Hilary lists 'red flag symptoms' of Strep A

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A British dad nearly died after mistaking a severe Strep A infection for a typical case of “man flu.” Alex Lewis spent months undergoing intensive surgeries to remove his limbs and parts of his face after doctors gave the 42-year-old only a three percent chase of survival. A surge in Strep A cases in recent weeks has already claimed the lives of eight children in the UK.

Alex’s ordeal began back in November 2013 when he first began to feel unwell with what he thought was just a bad case of flu. 

Waking up on November 17 the dad awoke in intense pain and notice his skin had started going purple. 

He was raced to the hospital where doctors placed him on special machines to prevent organ failure.

A Strep A infection which for most people results in a sore throat had led the Briton to contract septicaemia and go into septic shock. 

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Months of surgeries followed with doctors left with few options but to amputate Alex’s arms and legs. 

Reconstruction was also carried out to Alex” face as the bacteria had attacked the area around his mouth severely. 

The 42-year-old battled through the treatment and managed to survive despite having been given such a grim prognosis by medics. 

Alex’s near miss came amid a rise in Step A infections which has already claimed eight children’s lives and the father is eager to warn others to be on guard. 

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He said: “I saw an interview with the father of a little girl in Alder Hey hospital and that was pretty raw.

“I can only imagine what he’s going through and I know my family went through similar. It’s tough.

“It’s great that the media is raising awareness.

I think it’s important parents don’t panic as it is cold and flu season, but with low baseline immunity after two years of not mixing, things are spreading in schools and it’s quite a worrying time.”

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He added: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

“We know the NHS is under a lot of pressure, but contact your GP, call 111 or go to A&E if necessary and get your child on antibiotics.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry. I’m very lucky to be here.

“Don’t be afraid to push to have your child seen.”

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