Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey gets discharged from hospital after full recovery
After being discharged from the hospital after completely recovering, the nurse who had contracted the Ebola virus said that she was very happy to be alive.
She is the second British citizen to recover from Ebola in the current outbreak. After her discharge drom the Royal Free Hospital in London, she thanked the staff who saved her life.
“I am just happy to be alive. I still don’t feel 100%, I feel quite weak, but I’m looking forward to going home,” she said. She had volunteered with the organization Save the Children at a treatment centre in Kerry Town in Sierra Leone and was diagnosed with Ebola on December 29 after which she was flown to Glasgow through London.
Before she was granted permission to travel, her temperature was tested seven times and she was admitted to an isolation unit in Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital after she felt feverish until she was flown again to London on 30 December. There, she was transferred to the specialist isolation unit at the Royal Free hospital and has been treated there since then.
She said, “My first few days I was very well – I just couldn’t understand all the fuss.” However, she also said that she was frightened as she has already witnessed how intense the effects of the virus are at the original site in Sierra Leone.
“Obviously at the back of my mind I had seen what could happen and what could potentially happen to me,” she added.