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‘iPad was a massive help’: Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey thanks Royal Free for saving her life

PUBLISHED: 18:10 26 January 2015

Dr Michael Jacobs and Pauline Cafferkey, who has made a complete recovery from Ebola and been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. Picture: Scotland on Sunday/Lisa Ferguson

Dr Michael Jacobs and Pauline Cafferkey, who has made a complete recovery from Ebola and been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. Picture: Scotland on Sunday/Lisa Ferguson

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A Scottish nurse who was being treated for Ebola at the Royal Free Hospital has made a complete recovery and is now free of the virus.

Pauline Cafferkey, the nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has made a complete recovery and been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. Picture: Scotland on Sunday/Lisa FergusonPauline Cafferkey, the nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has made a complete recovery and been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. Picture: Scotland on Sunday/Lisa Ferguson

Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while caring for patients in Sierra Leone, was discharged yesterday and praised medics who cared for her at the hospital in Pond Street, Hampstead.

She said she was delighted to be going home after being treated in the High Level Isolation Unit (HLIU) for more than three weeks.

The infectious diseases team, led by Dr Michael Jacobs, had cared for Ms Cafferkey since she was admitted on December 30.

She said: “I am just happy to be alive. I still don’t feel 100 per cent, 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.”

Ms Cafferkey also thanked the Royal Free Charity, which donated an iPad for her to use while she was in the unit.

“As I was beginning to recover, I listened to lots of music and that was a massive help,” she said.

The Royal Free has the UK’s only HLIU.

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