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UK Sepsis Trust Sends Support to MP Craig Mac Kinlay Following Commons Comeback After Quadruple Amputation

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The UK’s leading sepsis charity extends its support to Conservative MP Craig MacKinlay as he returns to parliament today following his sepsis experience.

The MP for South Thanet is returning to work today, eight months after his hospitalisation with sepsis in September 2023, where he was placed into an induced coma with multiple organ failures, and had his hands and feet amputated.

The MP told the BBC yesterday that he wanted to be the first “bionic MP”, having been fitted with prosthetic hands and legs.

UK Sepsis Trust founder & joint CEO, Dr Ron Daniels, said: “We’re delighted that Craig MacKinlay survived sepsis and that he is keen to use his platform to raise awareness of a condition that claims 48,000 lives in the UK each year.

“We need to make sure that sepsis remains high on the Government agenda and will continue to work closely with the Department of Health to ensure it does.

“We wish Craig all the best with his return to work, and would encourage him and any other sepsis survivor to take each day as it comes – recovery from sepsis can be a long and challenging process, particularly as people adapt to limb differences.”  

What is sepsis?  

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its tissues and organs. It is crucial to raise awareness about sepsis to ensure early detection and prompt treatment, which can significantly improve outcomes for patients.  

What are the signs of sepsis?

Time is of the essence when it comes to recognising and treating sepsis, which is why knowing the signs is vital.

If you are worried that you or someone you know has one of the sepsis symptoms, call 999 or visit A&E if you are worried about the wait for an ambulance, and Just Ask: Could it be sepsis?’

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What symptoms might sepsis survivors experience?

Many sepsis survivors will find their recovery challenging after they leave the hospital.

Around 40% of people who develop sepsis are estimated to suffer physical, cognitive, and/or psychological aftereffects.

For most people, these effects will only last a few weeks, but others can face a long road to recovery and develop Post Sepsis Syndrome (PSS).

What is post-sepsis syndrome?

Post-sepsis syndrome (PSS) describes a variable set of ongoing issues that people encounter for a prolonged period following sepsis.

Not everyone who gets sepsis will get PSS, but it can impact anyone regardless of their age or their health before they become ill.

Common symptoms people suffer fall into three categories: physical, psychological, and cognitive.

The physical symptoms many people experience after sepsis are:

  • Lethargy/excessive tiredness
  • Poor mobility/muscle weakness
  • Breathlessness/chest pains
  • Swollen limbs (excessive fluid in the tissues)
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Insomnia
  • Hair loss
  • Dry/flaking skin and nails
  • Taste changes
  • Poor appetite
  • Changes in vision
  • Changes in sensation in limbs
  • Repeated infections from the original site or a new infection
  • Reduced kidney function
  • Feeling cold
  • Excessive sweating

The psychological and cognitive symptoms many people experience after sepsis are:

  • Anxiety/fear of sepsis recurring
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia (due to stress or anxiety)
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Poor concentration
  • Short term memory loss
  • Mood swings

What support is available to sepsis survivors? 

The UK Sepsis Trust offers a free nurse-led telephone and email support service, as well as a series of online and face-to-face support groups for sepsis survivors.

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