Pauline head­ing back to Sierra Leone

Set to run a spe­cial 10k

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Douglas Dickie

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

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