British Ebola patient William Pooley is driven away from Northolt air base
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British nurse with Ebola hailed 'hero' by co-worker

A British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus whilst working in Sierra Leone has been hailed a "hero" by a co-worker.

William Pooley, 29, was flown back to the UK in a military aircraft on Sunday and taken under police escort to be treated at Hampstead's Royal Free Hospital.

It is the first confirmed case of a Briton contracting the virus during the current outbreak, which has killed almost 1,500 people so far.

Gabriel Madiye, who runs the Sierra Leone clinic where Mr Pooley was working, told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire: "We consider him a hero, somebody who is sacrificing to provide care."

  • 25 Aug 2014
  • From the section UK
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