Close U.S. doctor claims he survived Ebola over 30 years ago In 1972, Tom Cairns was working as a missionary doctor in Africa when he came down with a severe illness. Years later, he now believes he was the first non-African to survive the Ebola virus. WKYC 10:01 AM. EST August 04, 2014 JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS WATCH: Twister twirls through western Ohio RAW VIDEO ' Thousands without power after Indiana tornadoes WATCH: Starbucks destroyed in Indiana tornado Final Morning Weather for Thursday August 25th Police: Shooters targeted driver on I-77 Missing child found using tracker Early morning weather forecast for August 25, 2016 WATCH: Twister twirls through western Ohio RAW VIDEO ' Thousands without power after Indiana tornadoes 11 p.m. weather forecast for August 24, 2016 More Stories TODAY | Pokemon GO invades ‘Christmas Story' house Aug 26, 2016, 6:38 a.m. "One World Day" celebrates Cleveland's diversity Aug 28, 2016, 9:16 a.m. FORECAST | Partly Sunny & Warm! Sct'd Rain! Jan 15, 2016, 3:17 p.m.