Levi Dewey saw his life change on December 7, 2022. At the time, the 20-year-old young man had developed violent flu-like symptoms. At worst, he also had great difficulty breathing. His parents quickly took him to the Royal Derby Hospital in England. On the spot, the doctors announced to them that their son was suffering from type B flu and pneumonia, triggered by a pneumococcal infection. His chances of survival were only 30% before his health deteriorated greatly. To all this was added a septic shock which led to the failure of several organs.
“We were told early on that Levi could potentially lose his legs and need surgery, we were prepared for that eventuality if it was to save his life,” his mother, Lara Dewey, told the Mirror. Transferred to Leicester Hospital, Levi received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and full organ support. He was also in a coma for 14 days. Unfortunately, the sepsis was already too advanced. The doctors decided to amputate both of his legs at the knees. The operation took place on January 24, two days before his 21st birthday.
He loses his legs but remains hopeful of getting prostheses
“Obviously it’s going to be life changing for everyone, but it’s something we can overcome as a family. We’re very supported. Levi has always had a positive mindset and his glass is always half full” confided his mother. Since the surgery, Levi’s loved ones have launched a fundraiser to help him regain his mobility. Those around him hope to be able to offer him “the best custom-made leg prostheses so that he can lead as independent a life as possible”. At the time of writing, they have raised 84,910 pounds (about 95,000 euros).