The Scottish nurse who twice beat Ebola is celebrating giving birth to a healthy set of twins.
Pauline Cafferkey, 43 – who first contracted the virus in 2014 – welcomed the two “amazing” boys this week.
She said yesterday: “I would like to thank all the wonderful NHS staff who have helped me since I became ill in 2014 right through to having my babies this week. This shows that there is life after Ebola and there is a future for those who have encountered this disease.”
The twins’ dad, theatre director Robert Softley Gale, 38, announced the birth of the “two amazing boys” on Facebook .
He wrote: “Born at 10.05 and 10.08 this morning [Tuesday] – 5lb 14 and 5lb 8. Mum and boys doing brilliantly! Names to follow! Xx.” Pauline, gave birth at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
A spokeswoman for the hospital said: “We are pleased to confirm, on behalf of Pauline Cafferkey and her partner, that she gave birth on Tuesday to healthy twin boys at a maternity unit within Greater Glasgow.
“Both mother and babies are doing well.
“No further details of the birth will be issued and we would appeal to the media to respect Pauline’s wish for her family’s privacy.”
Pauline – who is from Cambuslang, near Glasgow – contracted Ebola while volunteering with Save The Children in Sierra Leone in 2014. She spent six weeks in the West Africa country amid an Ebola epidemic, which killed more than 11,000 people in the region in less than two years.
Pauline returned to the UK on December 28, 2014 for what was supposed to be a break from her post abroad, but she fell ill at home soon after her arrival.