8 Jan 2015

Scottish nurse battling Ebola remains in critical condition with '50/50 chance of survival

The British nurse fighting for her life after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone could remain in a critical condition for 'some time', her family said today.

Pauline Cafferkey was diagnosed with the deadly virus following her return to Glasgow from Sierra Leone.

The 39-year-old had been a volunteer with Save the Children at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town.

She is currently being treated in isolation at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

Ms Cafferkey was diagnosed with Ebola following her return to Glasgow from Sierra Leone where she had been a volunteer with Save the Children at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town.

The 39-year-old is currently being treated in isolation at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

The nurse was admitted to an isolation facility at the Brownlee unit in Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow, at 8am on December 29.

After a blood sample tested positive for Ebola, she was transferred by military plane to the Royal Free Hospital the following day. Her condition deteriorated in the new year and remains critical.

At the Royal Free, where fellow nurse William Pooley recovered from Ebola this year, she is in a cocooned bed in an isolation ward where medics treat her wearing protective suits.

However one expert believes Ms Cafferkey has just a 50/50 chance of survival.

Credit: Anna Hodgekiss/Daily Mail

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