Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Eyke: William Pooley, the first Briton to catch Ebola, is improving as he is treated at the Royal Free Hospital

20:04 01 September 2014

William Pooley from Eyke, near Woodbridge, who has contracted Ebola

William Pooley from Eyke, near Woodbridge, who has contracted Ebola

Archant

The first Briton to catch the deadly Ebola virus seems to be “pretty well”, his family have said.

shares

William Pooley’s parents said he was showing “good signs” – including ordering a bacon sandwich for breakfast.

The 29-year-old’s parents Robin and Jackie said that their son is better than they thought he would be.

The volunteer nurse was flown back to the UK for treatment after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone.

Robin Pooley told the BBC: “He’s a lot better than we thought he might have been, we’ve only got what the medics tell us, but he’s got a little step in there which the physio gave him so he can rebuild his strength, that in itself is a good enough sign I think, but he seems to be pretty well actually.

“And his appetite is back, it came back with a bacon butty one morning for breakfast.”

Mr Pooley is being carefully monitored at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

Mrs Pooley said: “We’re very glad he’s here because the care is second to none.”

Mr Pooley, who comes from Eyke in Suffolk, was airlifted back to Britain by a specially equipped C17 RAF jet, and is being treated in a specialist isolation ward at the hospital in Hampstead.

He only broke the news to his family when it was confirmed that he would be flying home, the BBC reported.

Mrs Pooley told the news organisation it was a “very stressful” and anxious time as Mr Pooley had to travel 160 miles to the aircraft which took off from the country’s capital Freetown.

She told the BBC: “It wasn’t until the plane had taken off that we breathed a very, very small sigh of relief, we knew he was on his way home.”

Doctors clad in protective plastic clothing and wearing gloves and masks are caring for him in the strictly monitored ward.

His parents said they have been able to talk to him through a telephone link and have been able to see him indistinctly through the layers of protective glass and plastic.

Mr Pooley has been given the experimental drug ZMapp - which showed further signs of promise last week after researchers successfully treated monkeys with the deadly disease.

All 18 rhesus macaques treated with the drug made a complete recovery, in contrast to three other untreated monkeys that quickly fell seriously ill and died.

ZMapp is a blend of three laboratory-made antibodies designed to neutralise the virus.

Two US doctors given the drug after they were infected with Ebola while working in Liberia subsequently recovered.

But it is not known whether they were saved by the drug or were just lucky - figures show that 47% of those infected in the current outbreak have survived.

At least two other patients treated with ZMapp have died, possibly because help got to them too late.

Latest figures show that more than 1,500 people have been killed in the West Africa outbreak.

But the World Health Organisation has warned that as many as 20,000 could contract the virus before the outbreak is over.

shares

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 East Anglian Daily Times 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 East Anglian Daily Times 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 East Anglian Daily Times 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

Should cyclists be allowed to go through red traffic lights when it is safe?

A cyclist rode through a red light and turned left while I was walking the dog this week. It was 6.20am, there was no other traffic so no risk but, officially, the cyclist had broken the law.

Air ambulance. Stock image

The air ambulance was called to the A12 at the Wangford bypass at around 5.40pm following reports that a woman had been injured in a car crash involving two vehicles.

Stock image.

Firefighters discovered a small fire which had occurred in the lagging attatched to a vessel at International Flavors and Fragrances in Duddery Hill, Haverhill, at around 6.17pm today.

The A11 at Elveden.

An air ambulance landed on the A11 at Elveden this afternoon to help a woman who was involved in a car crash.

Braintree Town have secured a place in the National League play-offs

Braintree Town set-up a two-legged National League play-off semi –final with Grimsby following their 3-0 win over Altrincham, a result which also relegated the visitors.

Halifax Town v Braintree Town - Kenny Davis

Braintree Town take on Altrincham, needing just a point to secure a place in the National League play-offs.

Waterloo Road in Ipswich.

Police helped control traffic as firefighters extinguished a car blaze.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24