Lawmaker Who Lost Arms and Legs Returns to Parliament

A Conservative lawmaker who lost all of his limbs due to sepsis last year returned to parliament for the first time and was greeted with standing applause.

British Conservative MP Craig McKinlay said he felt unwell on September 27 last year and within 24 hours his arm lost a pulse and turned “very strangely blue”. He suffered from sepsis and was on the verge of death, and his arms and legs turned black during his 16-day coma, he said.

The lawmaker underwent surgery to remove both arms and legs on December 1, 2023.McKinley says he now wants to be known as the “Bionic Congressman.”

The UK National Health Service says about sepsis: “Sepsis is a life-threatening response to infection. It occurs when the immune system overreacts to the infection and begins to damage the body’s own tissues and organs.”

Mr McKinley returned to the UK Parliament on Wednesday for the first time since his amputation, entering the chamber unassisted with a prosthetic leg and waving to colleagues who applauded his arrival. Applause is technically against British parliamentary rules, where approval is traditionally expressed verbally, but the Speaker noted it was a special occasion and waived normal rules.

Mr. McKinley was also exempted from the usual rules regarding formal attire, allowing him to appear without a jacket and in sports shoes best suited to his new feet.

South Thanet Conservative MP Craig McKinlay poses for a portrait in the central lobby of London’s Palace of Westminster after returning to the House of Commons for the first time since being rushed to hospital with sepsis on September 28. He was left with both his arms and legs amputated. Photo date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 (Photo by Jordan Pettitt/PA Images via Getty Images)