Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

EBOLA SURVIVOR JETS TO SAVE U.S. DOCTOR; BRITON GIVES BLOOD TO NEW VICTIMA Friend in Need Brit Worked with US Ebola Victim at Treatment Centre

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

EBOLA SURVIVOR JETS TO SAVE U.S. DOCTOR; BRITON GIVES BLOOD TO NEW VICTIMA Friend in Need Brit Worked with US Ebola Victim at Treatment Centre

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Byline: EXCLUSIVE Kiran Randhawa

THE British nurse cured of Ebola has flown to America on a life-saving mission to give blood to a new victim of the deadly virus, the Standard can reveal today.

Will Pooley, 29, was sent to Atlanta for an emergency blood transfusion that could save the life of a doctor who contracted the disease while working in Sierra Leone. Mr Pooley, who became the first Briton to contract Ebola, could help the US victim because his blood carries antibodies for the virus.

The Foreign Office urgently issued him with a new passport because his original had to be incinerated with all of his belongings Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 after he returned from Africa. Hours later on Friday night he was put on a flight -- paid for by the World Health Organisation -- to Atlanta, where the doctor is being treated in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital.

Mr Pooley, of Eyke, Suffolk, and the new patient, who has not been named, are said to be close friends after working together at the Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

The pair, who both contracted the disease while helping to save the lives of thousands of Africans suffering from it, have the same blood type -- which made Mr Pooley the perfect donor.

Ebola has killed more than 2,500 people in recent months and infected almost 4,700, making it the largest outbreak in history.

Patients are given intravenous fluids, blood transfusions and antibiotics to bolster their immune system. Survivors' blood contains natural antibodies that can protect against Ebola. Doctors say sufferers receiving it seem to benefit from the boost to the immune system.

This means blood donated by Mr Pooley could help save his friend's life. The doctor, the fourth American to contract Ebola, arrived at the hospital eight days ago on a specially equipped plane. …

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