Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey has returned to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting Ebola there in 2014. She went back to fundraise for children orphaned by the epidemic and to close a chapter of her life.  The last time Mbalu met Pauline, the teenager was sick with Ebola and fighting for her life.  Pauline cared for her while smothered in a personal protection equipment suit (PPE), when working amidst the crisis gripping the country.  The nursing staff had their names written on their suits, so they could identify one another and it is for that reason, and not Pauline’s face, that Mbalu, now 17, remembers her.  “The first time I saw Pauline, she looked like a devil,” Mbalu says, referring to the PPE suit. Now the former patient and her nurse meet again, in an Ebola-free Sierra Leone, at Mbalu’s small blue house near Kerry Town, found down a pockmarked dirt road. “It’s lovely to meet one of the survivors,” Pauline tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. “Mbalu must be so resilient. She has so much inspiration that she wants to fulfil. “Coming here and meeting a survivor is important to me. I wouldn’t even start to think about the mental health issues that everyone has gone through post-Ebola and during it as well. “There’s no way I can compare what I’ve gone through to what they’ve gone through.”  When they’re reunited, the pair laugh and banter like old friends, holding hands and cuddling one another. During the epidemic, that kind of physical contact infected about 14,000 people and proved deadly to 4,000.

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