Pooley is issued an emergency passport and flies to Atlanta to provide a blood transfusion to a U.S. doctor who has contracted the virus. As an Ebola survivor, his blood carries antibodies that can be carried over with a transfusion.
Pooley says he wants to return to west Africa following his recovery:
So while I’m happy to be recovered and alive, there’s a lot of stuff on my mind with what’s going on back there. It would be relatively safe for me to go back and work there, and it’s really the least I could do having received all this amazing care and have people look after me and potentially save my life. It’s the least I could do to go back and return the favour to some other people, even just for a little while. The more help they get the less chance there is they get sick. If they get sick they are just going to end up in a ward in Kenema with less chance than I had.
He says he has ‘huge gratitude’ for Cameron’s role in his recovery, but calls for more support from leaders:
It’s a global problem and it needs global level leadership so Obama and Cameron … need to show some more leadership on this issue … Sierra Leone needs lots of international health-care workers working with big NGOs like MSF and Red Cross. All of that needs to be increased.
Pooley is treated with the experimental ZMapp Ebola drug. Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical director of infectious diseases at the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead, north London:
We had the opportunity to give him the ZMapp treatment. It is an experimental medicine, we made that absolutely clear in our discussions with him.