20-Year-Old Athlete to Have His Legs Amputated Just Days Before Birthday

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Not long ago, Levi Dewey was living an active life, playing soccer for the local club in Willington, England, while working as a welder to build a future of bright, indefinite dreams.

No more.

On Jan. 24, two days before his 21st birthday, Dewey will undergo surgery to amputate both of his lower legs in a desperate bid to save his life, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The former athlete with Willington Football Club in Derbyshire has spent the past few weeks battling the flu, pneumonia and sepsis, according to ITV.

On Dec. 7, Dewey came into Royal Derby Hospital with flu-like symptoms. It was difficult for him to breathe. It grew worse. Influenza B and pneumococcal pneumonia attacked his body. Septic shock and multiple organ failure followed.

The welder for construction equipment manufacturer JCB had a 30 percent chance of survival. His family said he was labeled one of the sickest patients in the country.

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