Search

British Ebola victim thanks Hampstead’s Royal Free Hospital for ‘world class care’

PUBLISHED: 15:37 03 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:37 03 September 2014

British Ebola sufferer William Pooley was discharged from the Royal Free today. Picture: Andrew Matthews

British Ebola sufferer William Pooley was discharged from the Royal Free today. Picture: Andrew Matthews

PA Wire/Press Association Images

William Pooley, the first Briton known to have contracted the Ebola virus in the current epidemic across West Africa, was discharged from hospital in Hampstead today.

Mr Pooley, 29, spoke of the “world class care” he received at the Royal Free Hospital in Pond Street after being evacuated from Free Town, Sierra Leone, by RAF aircraft on August 24.

A volunteer nurse, Mr Pooley showed visible relief on speaking of how “wonderfully lucky” he felt to have made a full recovery from the disease.

He said: “A huge thank you to the Royal Free Hospital for the world class care, and all the compassion and care I have received here.”

Fortunately, Mr Pooley’s symptoms were in the primary stages, where he experienced a high temperature and some gastrointestinal discomfort.

Receiving treatment at this early stage was crucial to his full recovery.

To date, 90 per cent of Ebola victims with advanced stage symptoms have died from the disease, which spread from Guinea to other parts of West Africa in early March this year.

Mr Pooley was treated with the experimental drug ZMapp, which uses natural proteins to isolate and neutralise the invading Ebola pathogens.

He was a keen test subject for the drug, which is still in its initial trial stages.

However, medical professionals are cautious to attribute Mr Pooley’s recovery solely to the effects of the drug.

Dr Michael Jacobs, the infectious diseases consultant who led Mr Pooley’s care at the Royal Free, said: “At this experimental stage, it is impossible to tell whether Will’s recovery is solely down to the treatment of ZMapp he received.”

Dr Jacobs went on to praise the “extraordinary and intense effort” made by the staff involved in Mr Pooley’s care. He also acknowledged the significant international co-operation, and “the lessons that had been learned” to improve future knowledge and treatment of the disease.

Mr Pooley, who was helping to care for people with Ebola in Sierra Leone when he became ill, recalled having “mixed memories” of his work.

He witnessed a number of patients and colleagues dying from the disease, who did not have access to the treatment he received.

“I felt privileged to be in Sierra Leone, helping to care for very sick people,” he said.

“That’s what being a nurse is all about. I feel more committed than ever to my career in nursing.”

But he has no immediate plans to return to Africa.

Mr Pooley joked: “My passport was incinerated when I came to the UK, so at least my mum will be pleased that I can’t go anywhere!”

For now, Mr Pooley is looking forward to relaxing in his home village of Eyke in Suffolk, with family and friends.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

18:05

The English Democrats candidate for Holborn and St Pancras wants to give England its own parliament, “properly” celebrate St George’s Day and open a 24/7 NHS animal hospital.

A leading violinist has spoken of her “huge relief” at being reunited with her 317-year-old violin, just in time for her performance at the Belsize Music Festival.

16:21

An independent candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn has devoted his campaign to pushing for a “smarter Brexit”.

The Department of Health’s data sharing guardian believes the transfer of 1.6million patient records was not ‘legally appropriate’.

A 17-year-old moped rider was rushed to hospital after a police chase resulted in a crash in East Finchley.

12:31

Camden and Haringey parents are descending on parks this week for protest picnics and assemblies against school funding cuts.

07:00

Plans have been announced to create a 60-foot-wide, half-mile-long park on a disused stretch of railway between Camden Town and King’s Cross.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A police officer allegedly caught on camera smashing a suspect’s car windscreen and sawing it with a blade in Gospel Oak will stand trial.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now