All Lewis Brown wanted to do was lose a little weight to make more room for muscle. But when the 25-year-old bodybuilder took just eight diet pills in one day, he never knew he would lose more than just his weight. In fact, he almost lost his life.

After ingesting only eight pills of the controversial diet aid called DNP (also known as 2,4-Dinitrophenol), Lewis began experiencing a terrifying side effect: his internal body temperature began to rapidly rise to 107 degrees. Racing against the clock, doctors covered him in ice and made a snap decision to put him into a medically induced coma to try to save his life.

As his family prepared to say their final goodbyes, Lewis slowly began showing signs that he might recover. After three days in the medically induced coma and nearly a week in the intensive care unit, he underwent three separate operations.

Because of his high body temperature, Lewis nearly lost his leg due to the permanent muscle damage created by his reaction to the diet pills. Surgeons had to remove part of the muscle of his lower left leg that had died. After four months spent recovering from the ordeal, Lewis was back on his feet and ready to embrace life again.

He sees his horrifying experience as an opportunity to raise awareness about the life-threatening risks associated with DNP and hopes others can avoid his scary outcome.

Lewis Brown Is A Bodybuilder From The UK Who Wound Up Taking Too Many Diet Pills

Looking fit and trim, at this from our perspective.

He Only Took Eight Pills, But It Was Enough To Put Him Into A Medically Induced Coma

Self medication is never a good idea.

The Diet Pill – DNP – Raised His Body Temperature To 107 Degrees, Cooked His Insides And Surgeons Had To Cut Out Damaged Muscle In His Lower Left Leg

Now that’s a horrifying wound.

After Three Surgeries, Lewis Is Lucky To Be Alive

Thankfully, the doctors knew what they were doing.

He Wants To Make Others Aware Of The Dangers Of DNP So They Can Avoid His Fate

He’s lucky he made it out with his life.

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