Via The Guardian: British Ebola patient Will Pooley feels 'wonderfully lucky' to be alive. Click through for a video. Excerpt:
The first British Ebola patient, Will Pooley, has said he feels "wonderfully lucky" to be alive after he was given the all-clear by doctors at a north London hospital.
The volunteer nurse was discharged on Wednesday morning from the isolation unit at the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead, north London, days after being given the experimental drug ZMapp.
He said he feared for his life after catching the disease two weeks ago while working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.
"I was worried I was going to die," the 29-year-old said at a press conference. "I was worried about my family. I was scared."
He said he felt a "kind of reprieve" that others could not get in west Africa, where the Ebola epidemic has claimed more than 1,500 lives.
Looking gaunt but happy, he praised the "world class" treatment he received at the hospital after being evacuated by the RAF.
Asked how he felt to have pulled through from a disease that can kill within four days of symptoms showing, he replied: "Wonderfully lucky."
Doctor Michael Jacobs, the infectious diseases consultant who led a care team of dozens, declared Pooley totally free of the virus and of no risk to others.
"The great thing is once someone has recovered from Ebola as Will has, [he] is no longer infectious to anyone else … There is no risk to the public in any way," he said.
Pooley plans to return to his family home in Eyke, Suffolk, on Wednesday afternoon and said he was not averse to returning to Sierra Leone where he helped treat Ebola patients. The only problem was his passport had been incinerated, something that pleased his mother, Pooley joked.