Hos­pi­tal

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Cam­bus­lang Ebola nurse Pauline Caf­fer­key has been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing treated for a third time.

The Royal Free Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don con­firmed the news on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

A state­ment on their web­site read: “Pauline Caf­fer­key has to­day, Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary28, been dis­charged from the care of the Royal Free Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing her ad­mis­sion due to a com­pli­ca­tion re­lated to her pre­vi­ous in­fec­tion by the Ebola virus.

“We can con­firm that Pauline is not in­fec­tious. The Ebola virus can only be trans­mit­ted by di­rect con­tact with the blood or bod­ily flu­ids of an in­fected per­son while they are symp­to­matic.”

The 40- year- old first con­tracted Ebola in De­cem­ber 2014 while work­ing at the Save the Chil­dren treat­ment cen­tre in Kerry Town in Sierra Leone. She was di­ag­nosed af­ter re­turn­ing to Glas­gow from the west African coun­try via Lon­don.

Pauline was suc­cess­fully treated for Ebola hem­or­rhagic fever at the Royal Free Hos­pi­tal and dis­charged in Jan­uary 2015.

But on Oc­to­ber 9, last year she was flown from Glas­gow back to the Royal Free by a mil­i­tary plane af­ter an “un­usual late com­pli­ca­tion” caused her to fall ill again. She had to be read­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal’s high-level iso­la­tion treat­ment unit af­ter the virus, which had lin­gered in her brain, caused life-threat­en­ing menin­gi­tis.

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