17 January 2020 - 2.00pm
A Minor Setback
Alex delivers a motivational talk entitled ‘A Minor Setback’ to organizations, conferences and educational institutions. His aim is to motivate others to overcome adversity and take on new challenges in life. His talks are tailored to each individual audience and their requirements.
Alex inspires people to see life differently, take every opportunity that comes their way and live life to the full. His keen sense of humor and self-deprecating manner stays with his audience as a reminder that life can send us curved balls for any of us at anytime. Its how you conquer it that defines you.
Aged 34 Alex thought he had ‘man flu’ but collapsed and was rushed to hospital, he was given just hours to live and a 3% chance of survival. In fact he had contracted Strep A followed by Septicemia which led to him having all four limbs amputated. As well as losing his limbs, Alex also lost his lips and nose. Surgeons have since grafted skin from his shoulder into lips leaving him, he jokes, looking like a Simpsons character and with a nose that constantly runs.
Instead of spiraling into despair and retreating into a state of self-pity, Alex took a truly inspirational approach to what happened to him. The story of his positivity and adjustment to a new life is truly remarkable and was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary “The Extraordinary case of Alex Lewis”. Alex’s progress and exploits have been well documented in the media.
The positivity 38-year-old Alex has found since his life changing illness has been remarkable. Many would find it hard to believe, but he says that great things have come of it. Alex says, “It’s made me think differently about being a father, a partner, a human being,”
In the past four years Alex has set up the Alex Lewis Trust to raise funds for his rehabilitation, which has given him a huge impetus to help others. Alex also participates in University research projects developing new technology ranging from the development of muscle whispering devises for the American Navy to prosthesis design. Alex has also set up his own interior design agency completing projects from contemporary apartments to hospitality refurbishments.
Alex continues to break barriers by becoming the first quadruple amputee to kayak around the southern tip of Greenland and complete a three hundred and twenty mile expedition along the Orange River in South Africa. In 2019 he aims to become the first quadruple amputee to hand cycle 15,000 feet up the highest mountain range in Ethiopia in a solar assisted four wheeled vehicle designed by Engineering students at The University of Southampton.