Emotional moment as MP Craig Mackinlay, who lost his hands and feet to sepsis, returns to parliament

There were emotional scenes in the House of Commons as Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay, who lost his hands and feet to sepsis, returned to parliament.

Mackinlay, who joked that he wants to be known as the “bionic MP”, received a standing ovation on Wednesday when he made his first appearance in the House of Commons since his ordeal.

His wife Kati and his four-year-old daughter Olivia were sitting in the public gallery to witness the moment.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak paid tribute, saying he was “stunned” by his remarkable resilience and indicated NHS procedures would change as a result of the MP’s experience.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who shook Mackinlay’s hand, praised his “courage and determination”.

Parliamentarians are technically prohibited from applauding, but on this occasion the speaker allowed them to.

Mackinlay said it was “an emotional day for me” and apologized for breaking House of Commons rules, including wearing trainers because his shoes did not fit his new feet and not wearing a jacket because It didn’t fit over his bionic arm.

He praised the Prime Minister for visiting him several times.

There was another burst of applause when he paid tribute to the NHS staff, also in the public gallery, who “took me from death to where I am today,” he said.

The South Thanet MP was admitted to hospital with septic shock last September and was placed in an induced coma for 16 days.

He said he was “extremely lucky to be alive” after being given just a 5 per cent chance of survival.

He said he had been “stoic” when told of doctors’ decision to amputate his limbs.

“I don’t have a medical degree, but I know what dead things are like,” he said. “I was surprisingly stoic about it… I don’t know why. It could have been the cocktail of drugs he was taking.”

The MP has been fitted with prosthetic limbs and plans to campaign for early diagnosis of the condition that almost killed him.

Mackinlay, a former UKIP member, has been a Conservative MP since 2015 and said he intends to stand in the next election.

He said: “When children come to Parliament’s fantastic education centre, I want them to take off their parents’ or teachers’ jackets or skirts and say, ‘I want to see the bionic MP today.’”

Craig Mackinlay has joked that he wants to be known as the ‘bionic MP’ (News from heaven)

He continued: “You don’t realize how much you do with your hands…use your phone, hold your child’s hand, touch your wife, work in the garden.”

He says his prosthetic hands are “amazing… but they will never be the same,” adding, “So yeah, the hands are a real loss.”

The MP received a standing ovation on his return to the House of Commons (PRU/AFP/Getty)

He also spoke of the feeling of loss that the amputations still caused him. “They give you a little dream every morning because you’re in the land of nodding having a nice dream, and then you wake up and say, ‘I don’t have hands.’ That is the realization every morning.

“It’s very easy to say, and I try to stick with it: there’s not much point in complaining or getting depressed about the things you can’t do.

“You have to be happy and positive about the things you can do and every day I discover that there is something new I can do.

“None of this would be possible without my wife… I wouldn’t be where I am today without her.”