Op-Ed: William Pooley is a British nurse who became infected with Ebola while working in Africa. Last week, with the disease in the early stages, Pooley was flown home to the UK to receive specialist treatment. Wednesday morning he was declared fit and discharged from hospital.
Pooley was treat with controversial new drug ZMapp. He and two American doctors have now been successfully treated and classed as free from infection. They are all now back in their communities.
Mr Pooley has been speaking. As he says the infection was in the early stages when he was brought to the UK for treatment. In later stages of the disease haemorrhaging takes place and the patient suffers pain and terrible symptoms.
William does look pale and thin but considering that he has been fighting the deadly disease Ebola he looks in pretty good shape.
He was working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone when he contracted Ebola. He was treat at a specialist unit in the Royal Free hospital in north London.
Stringent quarantine measures were used during his transportation to the UK and during his brief stay at the Royal Free hospital.
Sadly it was also reported Wednesday that a third American doctor has contracted the deadly Ebola virus.
Dr Rick Sacra returned to Liberia to fill in the gap left when the two Ebola infected doctors returned to the USA for treatment.
These medical teams in Africa are staffed, often with volunteers who are brave people who know the risks they are taking to treat patients. They are the true heroes of this situation. Hopefully Dr Sacra will be successfully treated also.
At time of writing he is in good spirits and able to email but in an isolation unit. There are no firm details yet about whether or not he will return to the USA for treatment and if so where that treatment will take place.