Pauline Cafferkey, the British nurse who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone has been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery, according to a Guardian report. Her condition had been described as “critical” when she was initially diagnosed with the virus and during her three weeks stay in the hospital. The 39-year-old nurse had been working with Save the Children charity at the Ebola treatment center in Kerry Town when she contracted the disease. She was later diagnosed with Ebola upon her return to Glasgow last month and was admitted to the city’s Gartnavel Hospital on December 29 before she was transferred the next day to the Royal Free Hospital in London, where she was treated.
Cafferkey who admitted to feeling like “giving up” several times during the health ordeal said she is now looking forward to returning to “normal life” and no longer has plans of going back to Africa. She told BBC: “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. I want to say a big thank you to the staff who treated me – they were amazing. They were always very reassuring and I knew I was in the best hands. They saved my life.”
Watch Pauline Cafferkey talk about the moment she was first diagnosed with Ebola below!
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