British Army corporal with Ebola discharged from Royal Free after ‘world-first’ treatment

Corporal Anna Cross, 25, during a press conference at the Royal Free Hospital where she has been dis

Corporal Anna Cross, 25, during a press conference at the Royal Free Hospital where she has been discharged, after being successfully treated for Ebola. Picture: PA/Philip Toscano - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

A military healthcare worker who was admitted to the Royal Free after testing positive for the deadly Ebola virus has been discharged today.

Inside the Royal Free's
infectious disease unit where Ebola patients are treated. Picture: Nigel Su

Inside the Royal Free's infectious disease unit where Ebola patients are treated. Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Corporal Anna Cross, from Cambridge, became the first person with Ebola in the world to be treated with an experimental drug known as MIL 77.

She was admitted to the Royal Free on March 12 after contracting the deadly disease while caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.

She was flown back to the UK in a specially equipped military plane and taken to the Royal Free’s High Level Isolation Unit (HLIU), where nurses William Pooley and Pauline Cafferkey were successfully treated of Ebola.

At a press conference at the Royal Free this lunch time, she thanked the team who treated her.


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She said: “Thanks to the team here, who are I would say the best in the world at treating this disease. An incredible bunch of clinicians, incredibly skilled and incredibly intelligent and incredibly professional. Thanks to them, I’m alive. A huge thank you from me and my family.”

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