NURSE Pauline Cafferkey, who had worked for Save the Children in Sierra Leone and returned to the UK where she fell victim of the deadly Ebola virus, was taken back into hospital in Glasgow in an ambulance with a police escort on Thursday October 6.
According to a statement issued by the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital she is said to be undergoing routine monitoring by the Infectious Diseases Team at the hospital, and her condition remains stable.
This will be the fourth time that the 40-year-old nurse will have been taken into hospital, the first time because of the virus and the second time with complications caused by meningitis but it is hoped that on this occasion, as with the third admittance, that this is a false alarm and that there is no recurrence of the virus.
It is said that Ms Cafferkey is suffering from psychological problems brought on by the pressure she has been under following her return to the UK which was not helped when she was accused by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of having ‘potentially put the public at risk’ after being cleared to fly home while in the early stages of Ebola.
She was cleared of all responsibility for the events of her return to the UK and has since complained that she was being made a scape goat for the inability of the authorities to cope with the screening of people returning from Sierra Leone at the time.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, after hearing the news quickly tweeted “Sending my very best wishes to Pauline Cafferkey. She has already suffered way too much and all for trying to help others. Thoughts with her.”