Pauline was ‘let down’say family
Cambuslang Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey is facing a second fight for life.
Pauline ( 39), was given the grave news last week that the deadly virus had returned.
Yesterday, she remained in a serious condition in London’s Royal Free Hospital.
Mercy worker Pauline had gone to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde GP out- of- hours service at the Victoria Hospital last Monday.
But despite the doctor knowing her full medical history and how she had narrowly survived after contracting Ebola last December, she was sent home.
Within 48 hours, however, she was rushed by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital before being transferred to London on a military aircraft.
Speaking to our sister paper, the Sunday Mail, her sister Toni branded the failure to diagnose Ebola on Monday as “diabolical”.
Before her transfer, the family say Pauline told them: “I’ve been let down.”
The nurse, who works at Blantyre Health Centre and lives in Halfway, seemed to have made a full recovery from last year’s episode and appeared two weeks ago at the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards. She then went on to a Downing Street reception where she met the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron.
But in the latest development, her friends and family are being monitored by health chiefs.
It is understood that 25 of them have taken up the offer of treatment with an unlicensed vaccine. A total of 58 people – some of them healthcare workers – have been checked by medics.
They will continue to have their temperature checked twice daily for 21 days since their last contact with Pauline.
This week, Rutherglen and Cambuslang MP Margaret Ferrier praisedPauline in her Reformer column.
She said: “I was saddened to hear the news that Pauline Cafferkey is having to undergo treatment once again due to a complication of the Ebola infection. I hope she makes a full and speedy recovery.”
At the time the original story broke the Reformer carried messages of support.
Residents living in the same block of flats as Pauline on Lightburn Road all commended her for going to West Africa to fight the killer virus.
Debbie McLinden said “I hope to God she makes a full recovery. She was so brave to go out there and try to help people. She was very quiet, I would see her in the hall though and she would always say hello.
Bernard Ponsonby ( 78), also commended her courage, and said: “She’s a very nice girl, a terrific neighbour.”
Winner Pauline (far right) at the Pride of Britain Awards just a few weeks ago
Sick Pauline Cafferkey is once again fighting for her life