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- Irn Bru Raises Ebola Victim's Spirits

Kenema Hospital, Sierra Leone
Picture by Leasmhar via Wikimedia Commons.

Fife Nurse Recovers from Ebola, Aided by Irn_Bru
Pauline Cafferkey is a nurse, originally from Crossgates in Fife, who volunteered to work for Save the Children to help care for Ebola victims in Sierra Leone.

On arriving back at Heathrow, Pauline complained of feeling feverish and was given her temperature was taken seven times but registered as normal. She flew back to her home in Glasgow, but the following day, 29 December, was admitted to hospital with Ebola and soon her conditional became critical and she was transported by a military plane to a specialist unit in London

Thankfully she survived and has now been given the all-clear.

Pauline said: "As I was beginning to recover, I listened to lots of music and that was a massive help. I also had lots of Irn-Bru to help me through."

Irn-Bru remains a Scottish icon. The fizzy drink, with its legendary reputation of helping counter the agonies of high-octane hangover, remains a Scottish favourite. Their slogan, "made in Scotland, from girders" still raises a smile in these parts.

Here's a link to a fun TV ad which Irn-Bru put out some years ago. It shows a snowman flying over Scotland and his frustration at not being given a drink from a can of Irn-Bru.

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Tam O'Ranter
May 2014

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