‘I’m Not Going Back To Africa’ – British Ebola Victim



The first Briton known to have caught the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was discharged from hospital today and joked he won’t be going back because his passport has been incinerated.William Pooley, 29, a volunteer nurse, was flown back to the UK for treatment on August 24 after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone.

He was then rushed across London to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead Heath where he was put in an isolation ward and treated with the experimental drug ZMapp. Asked whether he would be returning to Africa, he said he currently had no plans to do so, adding: ‘They incinerated my passport so my mum will be pleased to know I cannot go anywhere at the moment.’

Despite the grave dangers, Mr Pooley had selflessly volunteered to serve in a makeshift clinic where other nurses had died from ebola or were too scared to come into work. See more photos below

William Pooley in his blue scrubs (centre) working in Freetown, Sierra Leone, before he caught ebola virus