by Kolapo Olapoju
William Pooley, a British nurse, who got infected with the Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone has recovered and has been discharged from hospital after being treated with experimental drug, Zmapp.
The drug was credited with saving the lives of two American missionaries, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, earlier this month.
Although ‘Zmapp’ was reportedly in short supply, doctors at the Royal Free Hospital, London, were able to get hold of some doses, which was given to Mr Pooley on Monday, 1 September.
Dr Michael Jacobs, a consultant in infectious diseases at the hospital, confirmed the recovery.
He said, “We have had the opportunity to give him the ZMapp treatment that I am sure you are aware of. It is an experimental medicine, we made that absolutely clear in our discussions with him.”
“What has become apparent to us is that he is clearly a rather resilient and remarkable young man,” he added.
Not less than 1,427 people have reportedly died and 2,615 have been infected since the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.