British nurse survives Ebola after ZMapp treatment

William Pooley Photo Credit: Theguardian.com

A British nurse, William Pooley, who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and was treated with the experimental drug, Zmapp, has recovered and has been discharged from hospital.

American manufacturers said they had run out of stock of the magic drug when the Nigerian government requested for its use for treating Nigerian health workers who contracted the deadly virus.

But after Mr. Pooley was diagnosed with the virus and transported home, he received the scarce treatment late August.

He was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in UK. The drug had earlier been used in treating two Americans who contracted the disease while working in Liberia early August, and Liberian doctors.

One Liberian doctor died despite the treatment, and Spanish priest also died after receiving the drug.

Mr. Pooley described himself as “very lucky” to have survived after contracting the virus while volunteering in a Sierra Leone hospital.

A volunteer nurse, he was the first Briton known to have contracted the virus. He was flown back to the UK for treatment on August 24.

Mr. Pooley, 29, was cared for at a special unit at the Royal Free Hospital in north London and was discharged Wednesday morning.

Speaking at a press conference in the United Kingdom, he said the symptoms in him never progressed to the worst stages of the disease.

According to him, he had very high temperature for a few days from the day he was evacuated in Sierra Leone but never progressed to the stage of vomiting.

“I was very lucky in several ways,” he was quoted by UK Telegraph as saying. “Firstly in the standard of care which I received, which is a world apart from what people are receiving in West Africa at the moment despite a lot of aid organisations’ best efforts.”

“My symptoms never progressed to the worst stages of the disease. (Compared to) the people that I’ve seen dying horrible deaths, I had some unpleasant symptoms but nothing compared to the worst of the disease,” Mr. Pooley said.

Mr. Pooley was airlifted back to Britain in a specially equipped C17 RAF aircraft.

According to his colleagues, he contracted the virus through contact with blood or other bodily fluids, because he was working such long periods and must have made mistakes.

Experts had predicted it could be months before Mr. Pooley, credited with saving dozen of lives, would be cleared.


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  • Nigerians called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

    Why have Nigerians refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES (e.g., Adeboye) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • Mee

    I am sure God will soon judge these foreign bastards executing calculated plans on Africans. These heartless demons come in the name of organizational aids, using us as experiments for a disease that was discovered a long time ago and making Africans revolt against their governments. I just hate these idoits ‘without melanin’.

  • abujakenneth

    Nigeria must learn to respect human rights in its entirety. Human rights and rule of law are bedrock of a living society. America detest any form of abuse of human rights and will abhor any country that embraces abuse of human rights including the right of adults to choose their sexual orientation. Nigeria should watch out, the world is a global village and there must be a ruler

  • Fuzio

    What do you know about financial management, governor? Last time I looked, Edo state which you are running is one of the worst performing states in the Country. Your mettle is more with organizing strikes than in taking the reins of any government large or small. Your are better served to concentrate your effort on how to keep your latest young ‘oyinbo’ wife happy than dabble into issues that you are not fit enough to comment on.

    • Akin

      Educate us sir, since a state chief executive is not to fit to comment, simple economics is strictly for gods like Okonjo….rubbish….you’re an example of the kind of sophisticated illiterates our fractured educational system churns out every year…..what’s the man’s wife got to do with issues at stake??? crass stupidity!

      • Fuzio

        He should show us that he has something to offer by holding Edo State up as shining example. We will refuse to differentiate between his public and private conduct. Just like he embarrassed that widow. He use to be a man of the people when he was organizing strikes to cripple Nigeria. Now that he is at the corridor of power he is jettisoning all those labor nonsense and acting like a feudal lord.

        • Ola Ojomo

          You are brainless. You should go back to the village and ask from your father/mother how they sold their farm product and sent you to school. The woman ruin the economy of Nija with those on power, they should all be arrested. I will advice Buhari immediately all Nigeri a border s should be closed to stop all government officials from runing away and their cronnies.

  • i-priest

    She may have deceived the Yale Jewish professors or even shared stolen Nigeria’s monies with them to have her conferred with a fake doctorate, all I know is by God’s mighty Grace, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will one day soon have her day in court, if not of man, definitely of the Most High God, the Impartial Judge of the Universe. Not only her though, but also all her brothers to whom she awarded highly inflated contracts in the dollars, both during her tenure of service under Obasanjo and also during the satanic and accursed regime of the doomed being called Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan. A woman of a group of Nigerian people that generally rejoice in and celebrate evil-earned money and corruption, this Okonjo-Iweala.