Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

UK nurse who survived ebola gives birth to healthy twin boys

  • 1 Comment

Pauline Cafferkey, the UK nurse who almost died from ebola, has given birth to twin boys, the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board has announced.

Ms Cafferkey, who first contracted the ebola virus in December 2014, gave birth to two healthy twin sons at a maternity unit within Greater Glasgow and Clyde on Tuesday 11 June.

“This shows that there is life after ebola and there is a future for those who have encountered this disease” 

Pauline Cafferkey

In a statement, she said her new sons showed that ”there is life after ebola”.

Ms Cafferkey said: “I would like to thank all the wonderful NHS staff who have helped me since I became ill in 2014 right through to having my babies this week.

“This shows that there is life after ebola and there is a future for those who have encountered this disease,” she added.

Both mother and babies are doing well, noted the health board.

The Scottish nurse contracted the infectious disease while working in a hospital in Sierra Leone at the height of the outbreak. She flew back to Heathrow in December 2014 with a high temperature.

At the time, Public Health England staff, in charge of screening for the virus at the airport, took Ms Cafferkey’s temperature before allowing her to board a connecting flight to Glasgow.

But Ms Cafferkey subsequently became critically ill and had to return to London for life-saving treatment at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.

After leaving hospital, Ms Cafferkey was told that she was under investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, due to concerns from PHE.

However, in September 2016, she was found not guilty of professional misconduct in a fitness to practise hearing in which she was cleared.

  • 1 Comment

Readers' comments (1)

  • Congratulations Pauline wonderful news.
    with best wishes

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs