Pauline heading back to Sierra Leone
Set to run a special 10k
Cambuslang nurse Pauline Cafferkey will head back to Sierra Leone next month in an attempt to find “closure”.
Pauline, 41, nearly died when she contracted Ebola while treating people in the west African country in 2014.
She survived that but suffered a relapse and then contracted meningitis as the disease continued to affect her life.
However, she has now recovered and although her health is not what it once was, she will run a 10k in aid of charity Street Child when she returns to Africa.
Speaking on the BBC Victoria Derbyshire Show last week, Pauline discussed her ordeal as well as the disciplinary proceedings she had to go through relating to her return to the UK in December 2014.
And she said if it had not been for the NHS she would never have survived: “When I was first told I had it I thought my chances would be pretty good, more so than if I had got it in Sierra Leone and been treated out there.
“I knew having access to the NHS my chances were much higher. If I was not treated here I would be dead.”
Pauline said she was “really happy with how my health is,” but it was not what it once had been.
On her imminent return to the country her ordeal started she said: “It’s where things kind of started for me and I’ve had a terrible couple of years since. So it will be good to go back for things to come full circle for me and a little bit of closure.
“Most people have been supportive. I’ve had a few people, like family friends, who say ‘just be careful when you get back there.”
“The general public have been pretty supportive of me, very supportive actually.”
Heading back Pauline Cafferkey is heading back to Sierra Leone having contracted the deadly disease Ebola there in 2014