'Bionic' MP Craig Mackinlay and wife open up about sepsis ordeal

27th of September, I was in my office, yeah. Felt a little bit unwell, but you just put these things down to whatever really. I mean, we all feel a bit of colour from time to time. You came home, we'd just go on an early morning flight the next morning, so I thought I'd go to bed early. You insisted on having a COVID test for me because bit of COVID was in the air again at the end of September and that was negative. I think we did during the night. I was sick. And you got more concerned as the night went on? Yes, and by the morning your arms went white. And just after the 2nd vomiting I just saw Craig was just so unwell. He was complaining about being very, very weak. Even though he did walk and his arms were incredibly white. I couldn't feel his pulse. The blood pressure monitor wasn't really picking his blood pressure. He did have blood pressure, but obviously the circulation in the arms weren't at that stage by then. Very, very good. I ended up phoning the ambulance. You questioned that at the time. Yeah, I was, I was doing the. Yeah, this is the man thing. Oh, I'm all right. I'm all right. I'll be right. Yeah. We went to hospital. You were taken. I was. I was quite lucid and. And OK. I started sort of feeling a bit like a bad chest or, or pains and things and then I went this strange blue. And then I don't remember much more beyond that because I was put into a sort of induced coma. But that's where you sort of take over really. And I, I know nothing more for best part of a month. Yeah. Early afternoon Craig was put in induced coma and by late afternoon his kidneys stopped working. So dialysis started and within couple of hours the liver was very much struggling and his breathing needed a bit of support. So his organs from by one started to fail. It was clear that Craig needed to face some amputation. Craig had a place in Saint Thomas's. So once his condition was stable enough to be able to transport it within four days, on the 16th of October, he started his treatment in in Saint Thomas's in London. And that was just a New Hope and just new sort of chances we had. We were given by very, very professional doctors because of course, I was in ICU up in Saint Thomas's for about 10 days and then transferred to high dependency unit. And it was only there that I really start remembering things again and remember looking down at these, these black arms or these blackening arms and black legs and thinking this is pretty serious. Yeah. I mean, you always hear these sort of stories that people try and play something to people in a coma or you get a celebrity and to talk to people and and all of that. And I was a little bit skeptical, if I'm honest. But now I've been through it, it works. And I remember the songs. It was Hero by Enrique Iglesias and also had an audio book and it was that, funny enough, Animal Farm, which is a very old book. But when she said what she played and the book, that would have been audio book that had been playing to me. Well, yes, I remember that.

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