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Ebola nurse pays tribute to the medics who saved her life

The British nurse who was on the brink of death from Ebola, left hospital tonight saying she is "happy to be alive."

Pauline Cafferkey spent almost a month in a special isolation unit in London, after the disease struck when she returned from voluntary work in Sierra Leone.

Now completely free of the virus, she paid tribute to the hospital staff who saved her life.

Rebecca Barry reports.

David Cameron praises 'brave' British Ebola nurse

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised nurse Pauline Cafferkey for her bravery following her complete recovery after contracting the Ebola virus.

Mr Cameron said it was "great" seeing her look so well after her battle with the disease.

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Scottish nurse out of hospital and free from Ebola

Pauline Cafferkey contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and spent three weeks in hospital. Credit: PA

Scottish nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has made a complete recovery and been discharged from hospital.

Pauline Cafferkey is now free of the virus after more than three weeks in hospital, where she was critically ill for a time.

She said she is "happy to be alive" and thanked staff at the Royal Free Hospital in London who she said saved her life.

I feel quite weak, but I'm looking forward to going home. I want to say a big thank you to the staff who treated me... They saved my life."

– Pauline Cafferkey

Ms Cafferkey was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Glasgow and was initially admitted to the city's Gartnavel Hospital on December 29th, then transferred to the Royal Free the following day.

The nurse, from Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire, had volunteered with Save The Children at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town before returning to the UK.

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Public Health England reviewing Ebola screening tests

Pauline Cafferkey is being treated for Ebola at the Royal Free Hospital. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Officials from Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland are reviewing the UK's screening procedures for Ebola.

The review comes after it emerged nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who is being treated in a London hospital for the illness, had been cleared to fly from London to Glasgow despite her temperature being checked seven times after she landed at Heathrow.

Ms Cafferkey was admitted to an isolation facility at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital on 29th December.

After a blood sample tested positive for Ebola, she was transferred by military plane to the Royal Free Hospital the following day. Her condition deteriorated in the new year and remains critical.

Ebola nurse's family 'very touched' by public support

The family of Pauline Cafferkey say they have been "very touched" by the support of the public after the nurse contracted Ebola.

The Scottish nurse may be in a critical condition for "some time", the family added.

We would like to thank all our friends, family and the members of the public who have contacted us with support following Pauline’s diagnosis with Ebola. We have been very touched by the kind words.

Pauline continues to be in a critical condition at the Royal Free Hospital. We want to thank all the staff caring for her for their kindness, support and compassion.

Pauline’s condition could remain the same for some time and we would again ask for her and our privacy to be respected.

– Cafferkey family

Yesterday, an Ebola survivor told ITV News that she owes her life to Ms Cafferkey after she was treated by the nurse at a clinic in Sierra Leone.

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