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Wednesday 1 October 2014

First picture of British nurse William Pooley after he survived Ebola virus

Published 03/09/2014 | 10:43

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British Ebola sufferer William Pooley arrives for a press conference at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, where thanked staff at the hospital for the "world-class care" as he prepared to be discharged
British Ebola sufferer William Pooley arrives for a press conference at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, where thanked staff at the hospital for the "world-class care" as he prepared to be discharged
British Ebola sufferer William Pooley during a press conference at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, where thanked staff at the hospital for the "world-class care" as he prepared to be discharged. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 3, 2014. Pooley, 29, was flown back to the UK for treatment on August 24 after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone. See PA story HEALTH Ebola. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
British Ebola sufferer William Pooley during a press conference at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, where thanked staff at the hospital for the "world-class care" as he prepared to be discharged

William Pooley, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, is to be discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in north London, a spokesman said.

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Last week, it was revealed that  Pooley was given the experimental drug ZMapp and is sitting up, talking and reading in his hospital bed, his doctors have disclosed.

The drug was credited with saving the lives of two American missionaries earlier this month.

It had been thought that supplies of ZMapp had run out, but doctors at the Royal Free Hospital, in London, managed to get hold of some from abroad and Mr Pooley was given the first dose on Monday. Further doses are expected to be given to him "in due course".

Dr Michael Jacobs, consultant in infectious diseases at the hospital, said: "We have had the opportunity to give him the ZMapp treatment that I am sure you are aware of. It is an experimental medicine, we made that absolutely clear in our discussions with him."

Dr Jacobs added: "What has become apparent to us is that he is clearly a rather resilient and remarkable young man."

Mr Pooley's condition was described as "very stable", and he has been sitting up in bed, talking and reading, and been in good spirits.

There is no cure for Ebola, but encouraging results with people who have been given ZMapp suggest it is the nearest thing to a cure currently available. It was given to the two US aid workers, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, after they were flown to a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, from Liberia. Both have since been discharged from hospital after recovering.

In Sierra Leone, where Mr Pooley was working as a volunteer at a hospital in Kenema when he tested positive for Ebola on Saturday, patients are given little more than paracetamol and water, to stave off fever and dehydration.

At least 1,427 people have died and 2,615 have been infected since the current outbreak of Ebola was detected in the forests of Guinea in March.

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