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MP who lost hands and feet to sepsis calls for greater awareness of the condition’s signs

By May 28, 2024No Comments

Last week, Craig Mackinlay MP returned to Parliament for the first time since having his hands and feet amputated due to sepsis.

The MP, who suffered septic shock in September, stated much of his body had turned blue before being put in an induced coma for 16 days. Despite being given just a 5% chance of surviving, Mr Mackinlay defied the odds but lost his hands and feet to the condition.

He took his first steps in five months in February after having prosthetic arms and feet fitted. ‘The Bionic MP’ wanted to remain an MP, however, following the Prime Minister’s surprise election announcement, he decided he had not recovered sufficiently to endure the trials of a re-election campaign.

Mr Mackinlay walked into the House of Commons chamber to a well-deserved round of applause from MPs this week. Immediately after Prime Minister’s Questions, he movingly thanked the NHS workers who saved his life and called for greater awareness of the signs of sepsis.

He acknowledged that his condition was too severe and sudden to be prevented, but hoped that by raising awareness others with less advanced symptoms could be saved in time.

Ben Kemp