Suffolk Ebola Patient To Be Discharged From Hospital

3 September 2014, 10:52

It has been announced William Pooley, the nurse from Suffolk who has become the first British person to get Ebola, will be discharged from hospital today.

The 29 year old, who is from Eyke near Woodbridge, has been receiving treatment at the Royal Free Hospital in north London for the last week.

He was flown back to the UK for treatment on August 24, after contracting the virus while doing voluntary work in Sierra Leone, in West Africa.

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

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

Mr Pooley has thanked staff at the hospital for the "world-class care" he received, saying he feels "wonderfully lucky" to have survived.

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