Seems there is hope because the first Briton to catch the deadly Ebola virus in the current outbreak in West Africa has been discharged from hospital after successful treatment.
William Pooley, 29, was treated in a special isolation unit after contracting the deadly disease in August when working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, Mr Pooley spoke of his fears after contracting the killer disease.
Mr Pooley praised the ‘world-class care’ he received in a special unit at the Royal FreeHospitalin north London, telling reporters he thought he had been fortunate.
He said: “I was very lucky in several ways. Firstly in the standard of care that I received, which is a world apart from what people are receiving in West Africa at the moment despite lot of organisations’ best efforts.
“The other difference to a lot of Ebola cases (is) that my symptoms never progressed to the worst stages of the disease. I had some unpleasant symptoms but nothing compared to some of the worst of the disease.”
He told reporters he had no regrets about his decision to go to help people stricken with the deadly virus in west Africa, which is in the middle of a horrific epidemic that has killed thousands.
Mr Pooley said: “I have mixed memories, some great memories and some horrible memories – lots of people dying.
“But also some wonderful memories of people going home, people showing massive spirit and cheer, despite the horrible conditions, the truly heroic people that I worked with, people that went on to get sick, so it is a massive mix of memories.”
The volunteer nurse, from the small village of Eyke in Suffolk, said the standard of care he received at the Royal Free was ‘a world away’ from that being given to Ebola sufferers in Africa.
And he said his symptoms had not progressed to the worst stages of the disease. Mr Pooley had been volunteering as a nurse in Sierra Leone when he was infected.
A statement on the hospitals website said: “Following 10 days of successful treatment in the high level isolation unit – the only one in the UK – Mr Pooley is being discharged from the Royal Free Hospital today.
“He was flown to the hospital on Sunday, August 24 and was treated with the experimental drug ZMapp.”