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Eyke: Family of first British Ebola victim, William Pooley, say he is receiving “excellent” care

14:06 25 August 2014

William Pooley from Eyke, near Woodbridge, who has contracted Ebola

William Pooley from Eyke, near Woodbridge, who has contracted Ebola

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The family of British Ebola victim William Pooley has thanked doctors fighting to save his life for the “excellent care” he is being given.

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The high-level isolation apparatus in the High Secure Infectious Disease Unit at The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA WireThe high-level isolation apparatus in the High Secure Infectious Disease Unit at The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

In their first words since the 29 year-old volunteer nurse was flown back to the UK last night for emergency treatment, his family paid tribute to those who orchestrated his quick return.

They said: “We would like to express our thanks to all involved in bringing our son back to the UK.

“We have been astounded by the speed and way which the various international and UK government agencies have worked together to get Will home.

“Will is receiving excellent care at the Royal Free Hospital and we could not ask for him to be in a better place.

“We would like to thank all our family and friends for their best wishes and ask everyone to remember those in other parts of the world suffering with Ebola who do not have access to the same healthcare facilities as Will.”

Mr Pooley, who contracted deadly Ebola in Sierra Leone, is being treated at a specialist isolation ward at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London.

Dr Oliver Johnson, who has been treating patients in Freetown, said his friend Mr Pooley was an “extraordinary guy” who knew the risks involved but was prepared to take them for the sake of the patients and his colleagues.

He said: “He and I spoke about the risk together and I think he absolutely understood that there were risks involved.

“He also knew, though, that he was well trained and there were good precautions in place, so it was a measured risk.

“But where he was in Kenema a number of staff had become sick.

“He was a hugely professional nurse and a hugely dedicated one, so he understood those (risks) but was prepared to take them for the sake of the patients and colleagues he had there.”

Dr Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s World at One: “I knew Will before he first came out to Sierra Leone, we discussed his plans for coming out.

“When the Ebola outbreak really hit, he moved up to Kenema, right to the epicentre of the outbreak to try and help.

“So he and I, my team and him, were in regular contact sharing experiences and when he came to Freetown we would share a beer.”

He added: “Will’s a pretty extraordinary guy. Even for those of us working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, he stood out as being particularly brave and really from the beginning he was determined to help in any way he could, not just help patients but I think he had enormous loyalty towards the other staff at Kenema.”

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  • William you are a very courageous man and as a born Sierra Leonean I salute you. Because of your hard work, commitment and dedicating your life to your job my brother, God the Father will give you healing. Psalm 91 says ...He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, and may He heal guide and protect you through this sickness. I will remember you and your family in prayers. God Bless .

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    ValB

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • William Pooley is a brave man, a hero, and his family are right to be so proud of him. Here's wishing him a full recovery.

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    Boris

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • great ridiculous .no ebola in this country . so lets bring it over here. well done for helping out kind sir . but come on idiots would you bring a burning car to a barn dance

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    Lee mundy

    Monday, August 25, 2014

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