JCB worker to have both legs amputated days before he turns 21

A 20-year-old man had to have both legs amputated after falling ill with severe sepsis. Levi Dewey was due to have the life-changing surgery today – just days before his 21st birthday.

Levi was rushed to hospital on December 7 after being stricken with a strain of the flu and pneumonia, later developing sepsis. He had previously led an active life, playing football.

He had completed an apprenticeship at JCB at the age of 16 and then moved on to a full-time job at the Rocester-based excavator. Doctors told Levi’s parents he was one of the sickest patients in the country, with only a 30 percent chance of survival, DerbyshireLive reports.

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His condition worsened while in hospital and Levi, who now works as a welder at JCB, went into septic shock and suffered multi-organ failure. Doctors discovered that he was suffering from influenza B and pneumococcal pneumonia.

Levi’s mother, Lara Dewey, 47, said: “We were told quite early on that Levi could potentially lose his legs and need surgery, we were prepared for this outcome if it saved his life. Obviously it will be life changing for everyone but this is something we can work through as a family and we have such a strong and positive support network. Levi has always had a positive attitude and his glass is always half full.”

Before getting sick, Levi lived a fun and active lifestyle

After taking a turn in Derby’s intensive therapy unit, Levi was transferred from Royal Derby to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester to receive ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and full organ support. He spent 20 days on ECMA – 14 of them in an induced coma. Levi was gradually taken off organ support and after 31 days he was taken off the ventilator.

Levi was returned to Royal Derby on January 9 for ongoing care. However, his family suffered another blow two days later and they were told that due to the severity of his sepsis he had suffered, he would require a knee amputation. his legs. Now his family is raising money to help the young man walk again – and has already raised more than £67,000.

Levi Dewey, of Willington, will undergo surgery to amputate his lower legs on January 24, 2023, after contracting flu B, pneumococcal pneumonia, and later sepsis
Levi Dewey, of Willington, will undergo surgery to amputate his lower legs on January 24, 2023, after contracting flu B, pneumococcal pneumonia, and later sepsis

Child Practitioner Lara said: “Initially we wanted to raise £10,000 but as you can see this has been exceeded and the response has been extremely overwhelming. It is overwhelming and emotional and we are all speechless. It’s amazing how supportive friends, family, colleagues, communities and also strangers have been to this cause and their generosity as well.

“Initially, the money will be used to buy a wheelchair for Levi and for home improvements, including ramps and shower facilities. Once he can walk again we will see if we can buy him the best possible prostheses, privately and any further equipment he needs.

Anyone who would like to donate to the cause can do so by visiting Levi’s GoFundMe page here.

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