Blantyre Health worker to be honoured

paulinePauline Cafferkey, the health worker who contracted and beat ebola is one of three Scots to be honoured by the Prime Minister this coming Wednesday. In January, Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey became the first person in Britain to be diagnosed with the disease soon after she returned from working in Sierra Leone. Ms Cafferkey, who worked at a health centre in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, spent several weeks in isolation receiving treatment at the Royal Free Hospital in London before making a full recovery.

Following her brush with death, Miss Cafferkey said she was “happy to be alive.” The nurse, aged 39, was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Glasgow and was initially admitted to the city’s Gartnavel Hospital on December 29, before being transferred to the Royal Free the following day. Miss Cafferkey, from Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire, had worked as a volunteer with Save The Children at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town before returning to the UK.

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