Craig Mackinlay: Tory MP reveals feet and hands were amputated after contracting sepsis

21 May 2024, 19:54 | Updated: 22 May 2024, 10:02

Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay has revealed he has had both his hands and feet amputated after contracting sepsis last year.

The MP for South Thanet is due to return to parliament on Wednesday, eight months after he was rushed to hospital.

He told his constituents in December he was diagnosed with sepsis in September 2023 and placed into an induced coma with multiple organ failures.

Mr Mackinlay added he was "extremely lucky to be alive" and had had some "extreme surgery" as a result of the illness.

Now on the eve of his Commons comeback, he told the BBC he wanted to be the first "bionic MP", having been fitted with prosthetic hands and legs.

He described waking up from his coma and seeing his legs had "turned black", telling the broadcaster: "I haven't got a medical degree but I know what dead things look like.

"I was surprisingly stoic about it... I don't know why I was. It might have been the various cocktail of drugs I was on."

All the amputations took place on 1 December and Mr Mackinlay said a "sombre" Christmas followed.

But he said his four-year-old daughter Olivia "adapted to it very easily... probably better than anybody else frankly, I think children are just so remarkably adjustable".

Now he has his sights set back on Westminster, where after attending Prime Minister's Questions, the MP will meet Rishi Sunak before getting back to the day job.

And he is determined to fight the next election to continue to serve his Kent constituency.

"When children come to parliament's fantastic education centre, I want them to be pulling their parents' jacket or skirts or their teacher and saying: 'I want to see the bionic MP today'."