A nurse in the UK who’d been infected with Ebola in West Africa became the first person in the world to take an experimental drug from China, which she gave credit to for helping her recover from the deadly virus.
Corporal Anna Cross, a 25-year-old medical reservist in the British Army, was infected with Ebola after about a month of volunteering in Sierra Leone. She was evacuated to Britain on March 12 and taken to a high-level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
Cross was given the choice to try the China-manufactured drug MIL-77 and said she immediately agreed. “I said ‘I have Ebola, so, yes, I’d rather have that than high-dose vitamin C,'” she was quoted as saying in a Telegraph report.
“She had completely recovered from Ebola, she is now free of the virus. Cross is the first patient in the world to have received a new special treatment for Ebola, MIL-77. The treatment went very well, it caused no side effects that we could elicit,” said Dr. Mark Jacobs, an infectious diseases consultant who helped with Cross’s treatment.
He added, however, that it’s too early to determine how effective the drug was in her recovery.
“Cross having recovered doesn’t tell us [MIL-77] works because, in one patient, we just can’t draw that conclusion. We wouldn’t have used the medicine unless it was hopefully going to be of benefit to her,” he said.