MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Dr. Tom Cairns of Bloomington had Ebola before it even had a name.
“We were working in Congo –known as Zaire at the time — as a medical missionary. I was two years into my time there, and a guy came in and was acutely ill, almost dead on arrival, from the illness,” he said.
Cairns was working as a medical missionary in the 1970s and remembers doing an autopsy where he nicked his glove with his scalpel. Two weeks later, the illness took over his body.
“Terrible flu-related type symptoms: headache, fever, rash, aching everywhere, tremendous fatigue,” he said.