THE FIRST Briton known to have caught the deadly Ebola virus in the current outbreak in West Africa said today that he had been “very lucky” as he prepared to be discharged from hospital.
William Pooley, 29, a volunteer nurse, was flown back to the UK for treatment on August 24 after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone.
He was being cared for in a special unit at the Royal Free Hospital in north London but the hospital announced that he was being discharged today.
At a press conference, he praised the “world-class care” he had received at the hospital and thanked the Government and RAF for getting him home so quickly.
He said he had feared for his life after being diagnosed with the virus and woken by doctors in protective clothing.
“I was worried I was going to die.”