A Man Who Went To The Doctor For A "Flu" Ends Up Having All His Limbs Amputated

It is almost unimaginable that a person could go to the doctor for a flu or a headache and have limbs amputated some time after that. Unfortunately, this is what happened to this man who ended up with many complications following a streptococcal infection that he thought was a flu.

What is streptococcal infection?
Group A streptococcal infection is caused by group A streptococcus, a bacterium responsible for a variety of health problems. This infection can range from a mild skin infection or sore throat to severe life-threatening conditions such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh-eating disease.

A man who went to the doctor for a "flu"

Most people are familiar with strep throat, which, with a minor skin infection, is the most common form of the disease. In addition to throat infections and superficial skin infections, group A streptococcal bacteria can cause infections in the tissues of certain organs, including the lungs, bones, spinal cord and abdomen.

Strep throat

Symptoms of strep throat
If you have a strep throat infection, you will have a sore throat and perhaps white spots on your tonsils. You may also have swollen lymph nodes in the neck, fever and headache. Nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain may occur, but they are more common in children than in adults.

Transmission of strep throat
You can get strep throat and other group A streptococcal infections through direct contact with the saliva or nasal secretions of an infected person. Most people do not develop group A streptococcal infections in casual contact with other people, but an overcrowded environment.

Food can also become contaminated, especially milk and dairy products, which cause infections. Once infected, you can spread the infection to others up to 2 to 3 weeks, even if you have no symptoms. After 24 hours of antibiotic treatment, you will not spread the bacteria to others.

The case that we will present in this article shows how far a severe infection with group A streptococcal bacteria can go.

A severe flu?
Alex Lewis was a perfectly healthy man before having a "cold" in November 2013. He refused to see a doctor because he thought it was temporary. Two weeks later, Alex was in the hospital for a life-saving surgery.

Lucy, Alex's wife, had never thought that this flu would completely change the course of their lives. She claimed that if it was in July, they could have put Alex's condition back into question, but since it was November, it was a normal flu for them. Alex, by the way, was still living his life normally, he was still going to meetings, working and shopping.

But unfortunately, it was not a flu, it was much more serious. Alex had a streptococcal infection that caused blood poisoning and organ failure. It was an illness that could cost him his life.

A life that has changed completely
Barely ten days after he started feeling sick, Alex's legs and arms were heavily infected. To stop the spread of the infection, the doctors had no choice but to amputate Alex's two legs, thigh, left arm, part of his face and later, after desperate attempts by surgeons to save him, his right arm.


"I contracted what I thought was a cold and it escalated into a flu that then led to streptococcus A. I had no idea what it was back then and about two weeks later, I found myself amputated and then six months in the hospital with facial disfigurement, "said Alex.

Suddenly, Alex's active life collapsed around him. Now completely immobilized, he was facing a dark future. But luckily, his extremely optimistic vision and the love of his wife, Lucy, and their young son, Sam, managed to help him see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

A man who went to the doctor for a "flu"

His life may be radically different from his 33 years, but Alex can not be defeated. On his website, Alex shares stories of challenges he has identified, such as kayaking in Greenland and parachuting.

The future may seem very different from what Alex imagined, but he is ready to face it with the same enthusiasm as before and we wish him the best for the future!
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