Ebola Nurse Pauline Cafferkey to Return to Sierra Leone – leaves in May

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Ebola Nurse Pauline Cafferkey to Return to Sierra Leone.  She wants to go despite having had the illness.

Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who survived Ebola, is to return to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting the disease there.

She worked as a volunteer in the West African country, where an epidemic killed almost 4,000 people, in 2014.

Her return next month is to raise funds for children orphaned by the disease and people who survived it.

Ms Cafferkey, 41, who lives in Glasgow, said the trip would give her “closure in a positive way”.

She first went to Sierra Leone as part of a team of British volunteers at the Kerry Town Ebola treatment centre.

But she fell ill with the disease after arriving back in the UK in December 2014. She recovered, but had a relapse and also developed meningitis, seriously affecting her joints and ability to walk, among other issues.

She also had to face a hearing over misconduct charges, of which she was cleared.

Ms Cafferkey told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme it would be “psychologically important for me to go back”.

“That’s where things started for me and I’ve had a terrible couple of years since then, so it’d be good to go back and have things come full circle for me.

“It’ll be a little bit of closure, and I want to end it with something good, something positive.”

Pauline is currently a support health nurse in South Lanarkshire.  She has no hesitation about her plans to return.  She will be with two other NHS nurses

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