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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Suffolk Ebola survivor praised as example of courage

William Pooley, the nurse from Suffolk who has been cured of Ebola, is an example of the "courage" and resilience needed to tackle the Ebola crisis according to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

William Pooley talks with Sierra Leone's High Commissioner to Britain Edward Turay and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Credit: PA Wire

He was speaking at a press conference during an international summit in central London where countries pledged their support to efforts to try to tackle the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

Mr Pooley, 29, is just back from a life-saving mission to the United States where he gave blood to try to help a victim of the virus.

"His body has considerable immune cells in the hope of helping to advance research into finding a vaccination against the disease."

– Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond
Ebola survivor William Pooley Credit: PA Wire

Mr Pooley became the first Briton to contract the virus after working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone, which is one of the worst-hit countries of the current outbreak.

He was flown back to Britain on August 24 and recovered after being treated at an isolation unit at London's Royal Free Hospital.

"The picture painted by Will Pooley of his experience and the children he had cared for but who nevertheless died gave us a real sense of what this disease is doing to families and to people on the ground."

– International Development Secretary, Justine Greening

Experts have warned that the outbreak in West Africa has developed at an unprecedented scale. The UK Government has already promised a further £20 million aid to pay for vital medical supplies.

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.

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.

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."


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