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  • 3 September 2014, 14:12

British Ebola Patient Discharged From Hospital

British ebola patient William Pooley has been discharged from hospital after receiving an experimental drug.

The 29-year-old volunteer nurse was flown back to the UK for treatment on August 24 after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone.

The Royal Free Hospital in north London said he was being discharged today after successful treatment in one of its specialist units.

Mr Pooley, from Eyke in Suffolk, was airlifted back to Britain in a specially equipped C17 RAF aircraft.

At a news conference at the hospital, he said he feared for his life when diagnosed with the virus, and woke up in protective clothing.

"I was worried I was going to die," he said.

He also said his time in isolation in a clear plastic isolation tent was "strange".

"It's like being in a fish tank in a way," he said.

"Because it's all clear plastic around you I wouldn't say it was claustrophobic, but it was strange.

"Everything goes on in that tiny little space, there's not much privacy or anything like that."

He thanked hospital staff for the "world-class care" he received, saying he feels "wonderfully lucky" to have survived.

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