Son Was Scared Of Disfigured Dad At First, But Watching How Their Relationship Grew Was Altogether Beautiful

Alex Lewis on bed

Alex Lewis lost his arms, legs and lips to toxic shock syndrome. Doctors decided his limbs and lips needed to be amputated after he contracted the bacterial infection Strep A.

Though dealing with his shocking transformation is one of the toughest battles anyone could face, Alex’s greatest fear is for his relationship with his son. After his sickness and surgery, Alex’s 3-yr-old son Sam was scared to be in the same room with him.

“That poor little lad’s seen so much of his Dad go through vast amounts of change, physically. I look so alien to him, I think he struggles to get close. He’ll give me a hug, but he certainly wont give me a kiss.”

After reconstructive surgery, Alex’s time at home with Sam brought on a whole new set of challenges.

“I never thought, going into surgery, that it would have such a profound effect on me, or Sam… but unfortunately it has. I miss that time with Sam, and that closeness an awful lot”


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As Alex regained his strength, he was able to spend more time with his precious son. Little Sam is growing more comfortable with his father every day, and the result is too beautiful to miss.

“The last two years have been the most tragic, but brilliant two years of my life.”

Check out their incredible struggle and relationship in the video below.

Rebuilding lives after toxic shock syndrome

Alex had his arms, legs and lips amputated after contracting the bacterial infection Strep A, commonly known as toxic shock syndrome. His three-year-old, Sam, is scared to get close to him. We follow Alex as he tries to rebuild his relationship with his son.

Posted by Channel 4 News on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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