An army medic cured of Ebola by the Royal Free Hospital has said ‘I feel lucky’ as she was discharged.
25 year old Anna Cross was admitted on the 12th of March having been flown by the RAF from Sierra Leone for treatment.
She joined the Army Reserves in 2013 as a staff nurse and volunteered to be posted to Sierra Leone to help care for Ebola patients.
She was treated in the Royal Free’s high level isolation unit (HLIU).
She agreed to be given the experimental drug MIL 77.
She’s the first Ebola patient anywhere in the world to be given this drug.
Corporal Cross thanked the staff at the Royal Free Hospital for their hard work:
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I just feel very lucky. I want to thank the Army and the Royal Free Hospital for getting me home and looking after me. The staff at the hospital have been brilliant. They are really dedicated and have worked so hard for the past couple of weeks. I’m now looking forward to spending time at home with my family and friends.
Dr Michael Jacobs, infectious diseases consultant, said:
I’m very proud of the team and how hard they have worked over the past couple of weeks. We’re all delighted that another Ebola patient has made a full recovery.
The Royal Free Hospital has the UK’s only HLIU.
The unit is designed to ensure staff can safely treat a patient with a dangerous infectious disease.
Access to the unit is restricted and there are a number of measures in place to ensure the virus is contained.