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Suffolk man who beat Ebola returns home

The Suffolk nurse who contracted Ebola while trying to save the lives of those with the disease is back home.

Britain's first confirmed Ebola patient is now free of the deadly disease. 29-year-old nurse William Pooley from Eyke near Woodbridge was infected while working in Sierra Leone.

Journalists had been called to the hospital this morning for an update on his condition and were instead greeted by the man himself.

Click below to watch our report from Serena Sandhu

Suffolk Ebola patient arrives back home

William Pooley arrives home Credit: ITV Anglia

Ebola patient William Pooley has arrived back home in Suffolk after being released from hospital in London.

William Pooley heads indoors after being released from hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

This afternoon Mr Pooley arrived back in Eyke near Woodbridge, where his parents Robin and Jackie live, to recuperate with friends and family.

He spoke briefly to reporters waiting outside.

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Suffolk Ebola patient: Hear from William Pooley

William Pooley from Suffolk, who is the first Briton known to have caught the deadly Ebola virus in the current outbreak in West Africa, says he's been "wonderfully lucky" as he's discharged from hospital.

Click below to hear William talking at the press conference at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

Suffolk Ebola victim: 'I'm lucky to be alive'

A volunteer nurse from Suffolk who became the first Briton known to have caught the deadly Ebola virus in the current outbreak in West Africa said that he had been "wonderfully lucky" as he was discharged from hospital.

William Pooley at the press conference watched on by David Sloman, Chief Executive of the Royal Free Hospital Credit: PA Wire

William Pooley, who's 29, and from the small village of Eyke near Woodbridge, was flown back to the UK for treatment on August 24 after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone.

He praised the "world-class care" he received in a special unit at the Royal Free Hospital in north London. He said: "I was very lucky in several ways."

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

William Pooley Credit: PA Wire

At a press conference, he praised the "world-class care" he had received at the hospital and thanked the Government and RAF for getting him home so quickly.

He said he had feared for his life after being diagnosed with the virus and woken by doctors in protective clothing and said "I was worried I was going to die."

Family beat 20,000/1 odds with the arrival of the third set of twins

Stephanie is herself a twin and her mother Marianne is also a twin.
Two month old identical twins, Amalie and Honey.

A family from Mildenhall in Suffolk have beaten odds of 20,000 to one with the arrival of the third set of twins in successive generations.

Stephanie Procter's two month old identical twins, Amalie and Honey are the third set to be born in the family.

Stephanie is herself a twin and her mother Marianne is also a twin.

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MND in Northampton benefits from Ice Bucket Challenge

It started as a craze in America but the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions for a charity in our region.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association which is based in Northampton has seen donations pour in at an unprecedented rate.

It says the money has the potential to pay for new clinical trials on drugs which may in future offer better treatments or even a cure for the condition.

Click below to watch our report from Russell Hookey.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge takes part in 'ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' after Stephen Hawking's nomination

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge has become one of the latest names to take part in the 'ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Stephen Hawking nominated the Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor of Cambridge University, along with the director of the Science Museum, Ian Blatchford.

On a YouTube video the the Vice-Chancellor thanks the world-renowned scientist for his nomination.

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