Health & Fit Dad who lost lips, limbs to horrifying infection gets new mouth made from shoulder skin, tattoo

17:36  03 july  2018
17:36  03 july  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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A 38-year-old father who lost part of his face and all four limbs four years ago after contracting a number of infections has fought his way back from near death with the help of skin grafts and medical tattooing .

A DAD who lost all of his limbs and part of his face after a flesh-eating bug attacked his body has had new lips tattooed on. Alex Lewis, now 38, told of how his life has been transformed after he had skin from his shoulder grafted onto his mouth and medical tattooing to reconstruct his lips .

a man drinking from a bottle: Alex Lewis had his lips reconstructed with a skin graft taken from his shoulder. © Provided by Fox News Alex Lewis had his lips reconstructed with a skin graft taken from his shoulder. A 38-year-old father who lost part of his face and all four limbs four years ago after contracting a number of infections has fought his way back from near death with the help of skin grafts and medical tattooing.

Alex Lewis, a pub owner in the U.K., said that he initially thought he had a cold, but was rushed to the hospital when his girlfriend noticed his skin was turning purple, Metro.co.uk reported.

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A DAD who lost all of his limbs and part of his face after a flesh-eating bug attacked his body has had new lips tattooed on. Alex Lewis, now 38, told of how his life has been transformed after he had skin from his shoulder grafted onto his mouth and medical tattooing to reconstruct his lips .

A DAD who lost all of his limbs and part of his face after a flesh-eating bug attacked his body has had new lips tattooed on. Alex Lewis, now 38, told of how his life has been transformed after he had skin from his shoulder grafted onto his mouth and medical tattooing to reconstruct his lips .

Lewis was reportedly diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome, blood poisoning and flesh-eating disease. Doctors reportedly gave him a 3 percent chance for survival.

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Alex Lewis, now 38, had skin from his shoulder grafted around his mouth after he lost part of his face because of a vicious flesh-eating infection , and has had lips tattooed onto the skin .

A world’s first operation and medical tattooing are done to repair the face of a man who lost all of his four limbs and lips due to a deadly infection . A 38 years old man named Alex Lewis was diagnosed by a flesh-eating infection and lost the limbs and lips .

“They were going to turn my life support off, but they wanted to give me one more night to see if I improved and they wanted to give my family a chance to say goodbye,” Lewis told the news outlet.

Lewis was transferred to Salisbury Hospital where he had all four limbs amputated, as well as the bottom part of his face. He said the transformation was difficult for his young son to comprehend, and that the boy ─ who was just 3 at the time of the surgery ─ mistook the dead skin on his face to be chocolate.

In order to assist with the healing, surgeons took skin from his shoulder to create a top and bottom lip, which was then tattooed to add the right color. He said the process was painful and he underwent six surgeries to on his face, Metro.co.uk reported.

Lewis is currently learning how to walk with the help of prosthesis while raising money for continued care and other amputees. He said his son has grown accustomed to his new looks, and that his hope is to continue life the way they did before.

“I don’t want him to see me as someone who needs help, and because I am disabled I get to bring home some cool equipment for him to play with,” he told the news outlet.

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