Alex and family © Channel 4.

Alex and family © Channel 4.

The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis on Channel 4


The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis is a remarkable, uplifting film following the extraordinary two-year story of a man trying to rebuild his body and his family after a devastating illness. It airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

In November 2013 Alex Lewis, father of one, caught a common cold. In an extremely rare case, the cold developed into toxic shock syndrome with shattering effects. Alex lost both legs, both arms and part of his face as doctors fought to save him, but his physical rehabilitation wouldn’t prove to be his biggest challenge. Rebuilding his relationship with his partner, Lucy, and winning back the love of his three-year-old son would.

Filmed intimately over two years, starting just days after he lost his limbs, filmmaker Leonardo Machado follows Alex’s incredible story as he seeks to rebuild his life, his relationships and reinvent himself. He wakes up an alien to himself and a different father to son Sam. Sam can’t bring himself to kiss his dad’s new disfigured face and the film follows the emotional path to rediscovering the love between father and son. Lucy meanwhile remains steadfast in her love and support for Alex, never once questioning their new found life. In fact, she remains hopeful that Alex may one day propose, something he’d always promised “wasn’t for him”.

With incredible access to a candid and inspirational family, this life-affirming film captures a man turning a horrific situation into a triumph of human achievement, regaining his personality and identity as a father and partner.

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