Cafferkey was ‘close to death’
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.”