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Update: Suffolk nurse Will Pooley reveals he feared he would die from deadly ebola virus as he is discharged from hospital

17:37 03 September 2014

Will Pooley during today

Will Pooley during today's press conference at the Royal Free Hospital Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Suffolk man treated for the deadly Ebola virus has been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

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Will Pooley during a press conference at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, where thanked staff at the hospital for the "world-class care" as he prepared to be discharged.Will Pooley during a press conference at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, where thanked staff at the hospital for the "world-class care" as he prepared to be discharged.

Volunteer nurse Will Pooley, from Eyke, became the first Briton to catch the virus while working in Sierra Leone.

At a press conference this morning, he thanked staff at the Royal Free Hospital in London for the “world-class care” he received, saying he feels “wonderfully lucky” to have survived.

And he said his symptoms had not progressed to the worst stages of the disease.

He has been treated with the experimental drug ZMapp, and earlier this week his family said he seemed to be “pretty well”.

He said he had feared for his life after being diagnosed with the virus and woken by doctors in protective clothing.

“I was worried I was going to die.”

The treatment he received was a world away from that being used to treat those with Ebola in west Africa, Mr Pooley said.

He was flown back to London and treated at the Hampstead hospital with the experimental ZMapp drug, which was used successfully to treat two Americans who contracted the disease.

He said: “I was very lucky in several ways, firstly in the standard of care that I received, which is a world apart from what people are receiving in west Africa, despite various organisations’ best efforts.

“I had amazing care, which was one difference.

“The other difference is that my symptoms never progressed to the worst stage of the disease - people I have seen dying horrible deaths. I had some unpleasant symptoms but nothing compared to some of the worst of the disease, especially when people are dying.”

He did not even vomit, he said, but had suffered high temperatures and some stomach problems.

Mr Pooley had been airlifted back to Britain by a specially equipped C17 RAF jet, and treated in a specialist isolation ward at the hospital in Hampstead.

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8 comments

  • Very glad he has survived, but it seem rather early to release him from hospital, hope he has completely got rid of the virus for all our sakes..

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    dahlia

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Ebola and the press has been pure scaremongering. Every year around 20k people die in the USA from regular flu! Yet ebola is 10% of that figure but a daily conversation topic.

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    Rory Breaker

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • and so began the spread throughout Britain.

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Brave?! More like stupid and selfish. Others lives put at risk as a result of his actions. Added to which his efforts have cost the healthcare system thousands if not milluons.

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    Rory Breaker

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • to early to be discharged , hope he has recovered , for our sakes.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • to early to be discharged , hope he has recovered for all our sakes.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • So glad you are safe and well. Brave young man...well done! x

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    Barbara Hirst

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • So glad you are safe and well. Brave young man...well done! x

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    Barbara Hirst

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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