UK nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted ebola after working in Sierra Leone, remains in a critical condition, her family confirmed today, as they thanked the hospital staff caring for her.
In a statement, they said she could remain in this condition for some time and requested that her privacy be respected.
They paid tribute to the staff looking after her at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, thanking them for their “kindness, support and compassion”.
“Pauline’s condition could remain the same for some time and we would again ask for her and our privacy to be respected”
Ms Cafferkey’s family also thanked friends, family and members of the public who had contacted them offering words of support.
The statement said: “We would like to thank all our friends, family and the members of the public who have contacted us with support following Pauline’s diagnosis with ebola. We have been very touched by the kind words.
“Pauline continues to be in a critical condition at the Royal Free Hospital. We want to thank all the staff caring for her for their kindness, support and compassion. Pauline’s condition could remain the same for some time and we would again ask for her and our privacy to be respected,” it said.
Ms Cafferkey was diagnosed with ebola when she returned to the UK, after working for three weeks with charity Save the Children in Sierra Leone to help combat the disease.
The 39-year-old nurse fom Glasgow was given blood plasma treatment and an experimental anti-viral drug, which was hoped could lead to her recovery.
However, a few days afterwards her condition deteriorated and became critical.
Save the Children is conducting a review into how Ms Cafferkey could have contracted the disease, the results of which are expected to be published next week.