Suffolk Ebola victim released from hospital

William Pooley, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in north London

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Ebola nurse William Pooley hints at return to Africa

Ebola nurse William Pooley from Suffolk says he may return to Africa. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The nurse from Suffolk who survived Ebola has hinted he could return to the African country where he contracted the deadly virus.

William Pooley, who's from Eyke near Woodbridge, was treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone when he became ill himself. But the 29-year-old has told a national newspaper he's considered travelling back to the region to help fight the outbreak.

In an interview with the Guardian Mr Pooley suggested both the UK and US governments should do more to tackle the epidemic and admitted he has considered travelling back out there.

He said: "It's a global problem and it needs global-level leadership so Obama and Cameron need to show some more leadership on this issue."

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.

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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.

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."

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Suffolk Ebola victim described poverty in Africa

Suffolk ebola victim William Pooley told of Sierra Leone's poverty and his brushes with the country's political elite shortly before he was struck down by the potentially deadly virus.

Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London Credit: PA Images
High Secure Infectious Disease Unit at The Royal Free Hospital, London Credit: PA Images

In a moving email printed in the Eyke village newsletter, he described in vivid detail his first impressions of the west African country which he had travelled to for a six-month volunteering stint at a hospice in the capital Freetown.

The 29-year-old nurse was helping to treat locals suffering from Aids, a disease which, according to the UN, 57,000 people live with and remains a lasting legacy of the country's decade-long bloody civil war.

At one village meeting Mr Pooley was confronted with armed guards, singled out by dancing "devils" because of his white skin and sampled the hospitality of the well-heeled locals made rich from the country's controversial diamond mining industry.

After pushing through a crowd outside the house we were ushered inside by police with AK47s.

The host, rich and influential thanks to diamonds, had his house boys serve us cans of ice-cold, European lager.

The deputy leader of the APC (All People's Congress) was there, apparently the second most powerful politician in the country.

– William Pooley

He told how he was treated to a show from the "devils" - locals in an assortment of costumes, their faces painted or covered with wooden masks.

The devils danced wildly to drums and gourd shakers and drew quite a crowd...As the only white face in the crowd, the devils singled me out for harassment.

In order to escape from under their hay and frock skirts I had to give them small change. It was all in good humour.

– William Pooley

But it was not all colourful entertainment and Mr Pooley also revealed the poverty and poor sanitation which blight so many lives there.

The houses are all mud-sand and palm thatch, the water is from one communal well and, of course, there is no electricity.

– William Pooley

The account was printed by his mother Jackie Pooley, who said her son had been touched by the tales of "horror" of those caught up in the country's civil war, which ended in 2002.

William Pooley is being treated in the High Secure Infectious Disease Unit at The Royal Free Hospital, London.

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