History shows 71-year old doctor could be first survivor of Ebola virus
ATLANTA, GA – American missionary, Nancy Writebol, is back on U.S. soil and inside Emory Hospital, in Atlanta. Writebol, however, didn’t have quite the same experience as her colleague, Doctor Kent Brantly.
As if bringing an Ebola-ridden patient safely back into the U.S. from LIberia wasn’t a tough enough mission, the Feds had to ask local cops to protect Writebol during transport to the hospital, as there were reportedly threats to her safety. The only threats Writebol should have to worry about right now is surviving Ebola.
At least doctor’s are optimistic about the recovery of both patients. Keeping in mind how scared people are just having the two missionaries back in the U.S., could you imagine if Writebol and Brantly were the very first cases of Ebola the world had ever seen?
Dr. Tom Cairns knows about that. As a new doctor in Zaire, Africa, back in 1972, Cairns knew he’d be dealing with all sorts of diseases, but he didn’t know he’d play a role in discovering a new disease while performing an autopsy on a patient who died before doctors could diagnose him.
Cairns says he nicked his finger with a scalpel, and two weeks later he came down with some serious symptoms. Cairns recovered several weeks later.
The mystery disease didn’t get it’s name until 1976 when more than 430 people died near the Ebola River. That’s when the CDC began testing the medical staff, and by process of elimination the CDC found all staff tested negative for Ebola antibody except one… Cairns. That’s when he knew, he’d survived the Ebola Virus.
So, now we know beating Ebola is possible. If Cairns can beat the disease in Zaire in the 70s, Writebol and Brantly can beat it while in the capable hands of the CDC…Hopefully.