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Bionic MP: Craig Mackinlay has broken his silence after losing both his arms and legs to sepsis – and admits he was «lucky to be alive» after the horrific disease left him with four prosthetic limbs.


MP Craig Mackinlay has broken his silence after losing both his arms and legs to sepsis, admitting he was «lucky to be alive» after the horrific disease left him with four prosthetic limbs.

The Conservative MP for South Thanet, 57, is set to return to Parliament after nearly dying from a life-threatening illness in September.

In November, he awoke from a 16-day coma with completely blackened limbs due to clots and poor circulation caused by his illness.

«It turned black – they looked like the arms of the pharaohs, sort of dug out of the desert,» the MP told GB News.

In a video recorded from his hospital bed at St Thomas’ Hospital in London on November 30, two months after he was admitted, showing his blackened arms and legs, Mr Mackinlay said: «The reality is I probably shouldn’t have survived this far. .’

MP Craig Mackinlay has broken his silence after losing both his arms and legs to sepsis, admitting he was «lucky to be alive» after the horrific disease left him with four prosthetic limbs.

'BIONIC MP': Tory Craig Mackinlay pictured at home with prosthetic limbs

‘BIONIC MP’: Tory Craig Mackinlay pictured at home with prosthetic limbs

The Conservative MP for South Thanet, 57, is set to return to Parliament after nearly dying from a life-threatening illness in September.

The Conservative MP for South Thanet, 57, is set to return to Parliament after nearly dying from a life-threatening illness in September.

Mr Mackinlay had to have significant parts of his arms and legs removed to save his life. But the defiant MP said he is now ready to get back to work – and wants to be known as the ‘bionic MP’.

And in an interview with GB News today, he said: “The price I pay for my life is some quiet serious disability.

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But he seemed upbeat when he said it, and hopefully with his new bionic limbs «he can be a little taller.»

The Kent MP started feeling unwell on September 27 but thought it was no worse than the start of a cold and even had a Covid test which came back negative.

But his pharmacist wife Kati became more concerned about her husband’s health throughout the night after testing his blood pressure and temperature. And she didn’t even feel a pulse on his cold arms until morning.

Speaking to GB News, Ms Mackinlay said: “The ambulance didn’t want to take him to hospital at first. The only bad indicator he had was his sugar level which was very low but went back up once he had breakfast.

“They were debating whether to see his GP or rush him to hospital.

She said they ‘thankfully’ decided to send for an ambulance, but when it arrived ‘things started to speed up’.

Mr Mackinlay was suffering from the DIC effect – uncontrollable sepsis.

He suffered multiple organ failure and turned blue after being rushed to the hospital as sepsis took hold.

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Craig Mackinlay pictured at St Thomas' Hospital on November 30 with blackened limbs after suffering from sepsis

Craig Mackinlay pictured at St Thomas’ Hospital on November 30 with blackened limbs after suffering from sepsis

“It turned black—they looked like the arms of the pharaohs, dug out of the desert.

Craig Mackinlay spoke to GB News about his ordeal with sepsis ahead of his return to Parliament

Craig Mackinlay spoke to GB News about his ordeal with sepsis ahead of his return to Parliament

In December, he said he was «extremely lucky to be alive» after undergoing «extreme surgery».

But today he detailed the harrowing episode in full, including waking up in St Thomas’ Hospital to find his limbs turned black.

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Mr. Mackinlay’s situation quickly escalated. After feeling slightly unwell one night in late September, he was ill through the night and by morning his wife could not feel a pulse.

Shocking pictures show the MP looking down at his affected limbs before they were removed.

«I saw black arms and my wife was explaining what happened,» he told GB News.

“I think I was still high on the fentanyl and everything else by then, so I was out of my mind. But I saw that these things (hands) were probably lost.

«It was obvious. My fingers were completely closed in a clenched fist. As for my toes, I could move a couple of toes on my left foot, but there were some small signs of life in them.

«They might have been able to save a bit of the leg, but my surgeon told me it’s better to take them off because you can have prosthetics and you’ll walk a lot better than having a partial foot.»

Craig Mackinlay and his wife Kati arrive at the Thanet South constituency counting center on May 8, 2015, before he was elected as the local MP.

Craig Mackinlay and his wife Kati arrive at the Thanet South constituency counting center on May 8, 2015, before he was elected as the local MP.

Craig MacKinlay outside 10 Downing Street at a cabinet meeting on 2 September 2019

Craig MacKinlay outside 10 Downing Street at a cabinet meeting on 2 September 2019

Doctors even considered issuing a do-not-resuscitate order if his heart stopped.

However, he took his first 20 steps unassisted after the operation on February 28, marking a major milestone in his recovery after a dismal Christmas period. Fortunately, he said, his four-year-old daughter, Olivia, handled the situation well.

Sepsis, also called septicemia or blood poisoning, occurs when the immune system overreacts to an infection.

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In 2016, the Daily Mail launched the End the Sepsis Scandal campaign following the tragic case of William Mead, who died aged 12 months after a catalog of errors and misdiagnoses.

But despite the trauma, Mr Mackinlay said he was «ready to get back in the saddle» to serve his constituents – as well as inspire the next generation.

The outspoken MP, who was first elected in 2015, even said he would fight for his seat in the next election.

He added: (I want to) get back to the things I really enjoy. Speak for the people of South Thanet again and get ready for that election and try to get some decent points in the manifesto with the pressure I want to carry.

«I hope people can give me the benefit of the doubt and say, ‘The man was a fighter for himself, he’s going to fight for me damn well, I’ll give him my support.’ Bionic MP is what I want to be. When the kids come to Parliament and they’ll go to the gallery or the school part, which Parliament does very well, I want the kids to pull their mother’s coattails and say, ‘I want to see a bionic MP today’. That’s what I want to do.»

He said losing his hands was the hardest thing to deal with and that prosthetic replacements would «never be the same».

He told the BBC: ‘You don’t realize how much you do with your hands… you use the phone, you hold your child’s hand, you touch your wife, you garden.’



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