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 Deadly Amish buggy crash 'Clearboarding' technique to board up homes Ways to Save: Super Bowl Home Theater Steal Possible pipe bomb explodes in Cleveland home - Tiffany Tarpley Cle police locate woman in abduction case 2 shot in robbery attempt outside gas station Dismembered deer carcasses found near road Lake Erie plane crash recovery called off More Stories Flu hits widespread status in Ohio, hundreds hospitalized Jan 18, 2017, 11:23 a.m. FORECAST | Can we see a little sun? Jan 15, 2016, 3:17 p.m. Elyria man charged for assaulting youth football player Jan 18, 2017, 2:14 p.m.