The Channel 4 star not only prides himself on being able to make people laugh, but also to represent those with disabilities. In an interview with The Guardian last year he was described as “one of the few disabled faces regularly seen on British TV”. After spending most of his childhood in Great Ormond Street Hospital, Alex himself says how proud he is to be “one of the people who has broken through”, bringing the reality of disabilities to light.
Enduring 40 operations and adjusting to a prosthetic leg, his disability now makes up the majority of his comedy content.
He explained in The Guardian: “Self-deprecating humour is a common form of comedy and it helps get the audience on side because you’re being vulnerable.
“Being able to joke about my disability also gives me some control over it. My disability makes me emotional, but it also makes me laugh; the two are not mutually exclusive and I’m comfortable doing both. Joking about it can be a celebration of it, too.”
Despite his achievements, a more emotional side to Alex revealed that he was “terrified” that his children would inherit his disability.
Even though his condition is not genetic, when his daughter Daphne was born in 2017, he then wondered if she would be scared of his physical deformities.
However, his fears were squashed as both his wife Lynsey and daughter Daphne rarely mention his disability.
He continued to say: “Now, as an adult, I do pretty much everything without assistance. However, the one thing I really can’t do is my top button.”
Hand and finger deformities present at birth are known as congenital hand deformities.
John Hopkins Medicine explains that there are different classifications of hand deformities.
Polydactyly – Where a baby has more than five fingers on one hand.
Syndactyly – Where two or more fingers fail to separate when the baby is in the womb
Symbrachydactyly – The underdevelopment of the babies hand
Clubhand- A hand that turns inward, causing a limited range of motion at the wrist.
Amputations are often needed when there is a severe infection in the limb, when limbs develop gangrene or when the limb is deformed and has limited movement.
Once the amputation is complete the wound is sealed with stitches or surgical staples.
Physical rehabilitation is the most important part of the recovery process.
Although it can be a long and frustrating process, walking or using your limbs to the best of your abilities after the procedure is achievable.
Alex Brooker: Disability and Me will air on Tuesday, August 31 at BBC Two at 9pm; the show will then be available on BBC iPlayer.