Caf­fer­key was ‘close to death’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Cam­bus­lang Ebola nurse Pauline Caf­fer­key came close to death from menin­gi­tis caused by the lin­ger­ing virus, doc­tors have re­vealed.

Her con­di­tion has sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved and she is now well enough to chat to medics, use her iPad and sit up in bed.

Dr Mike Ja­cobs, an in­fec­tious dis­eases con­sul­tant at the Royal Free hospi­tal in Lon­don, said Pauline (39), had not be­come re­in­fected with the virus since her re­cov­ery in Jan­uary but it had per­sisted in the brain and this had led to vi­ral menin­gi­tis.

He also ex­plained how se­ri­ous the sit­u­a­tion had been for mercy nurse Pauline.

Dr Ja­cobs added: “It is re­ally im­por­tant to un­der­stand the word crit­i­cal. It means some­one is at im­mi­nent risk of dy­ing. We were all ex­tremely con­cerned about Pauline’s con­di­tion just over a week ago.

“We’re very hope­ful that Pauline will slowly make a full re­cov­ery, that’s very much in our sights.

“Over time, we an­tic­i­pate that the virus will be com­pletely erad­i­cated.”

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