New life

Pauline was ‘let down’say fam­ily

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

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

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