August 4th, 2014
10:48 PM ET

I survived Ebola: What it feels like

Years ago, before Ebola had a name, Dr. Thomas Cairns was working in Africa. He was carrying out an autopsy when he accidentally pricked his finger. In an instant, he had contracted a deadly virus, but at the time nobody knew what it was. And unlike so many, he lived to tell the tale.

Watch the above video as Erin Burnett welcomes Dr. Cairns for a live interview. He explains the symptoms he experienced, his remarkable recovery, and the odds that a blood transfusion from a survivor, like himself, could save today’s victims.

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  1. Chochoma Hubbard

    I have a couple of unanswered questions. I hope someone from the US embassy or someone from the White House or CNN could answer them for me.
    First, I would like to state that
    1 – Ebola is real, it is not man made and it is a virus
    2 – CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has been performing clinical trials on a drug to cure EBV in Sierra Leone since 2011 (at least).
    4 – CDC owns the patent to the cure of EBV
    5 – The epicenter for the outbreaks in all three west African countries were the hospitals were CDC were experimenting
    6 – CDC has admitted (in a fact sheet on their website which I have forwarded to some of my colleagues at work for dissemination) that the outbreak could have started from their labs
    7 – It is true that outbreak has been difficult to contain because of our customs. I agree to that
    But why the half truth to the western media?

    What was CDC doing testing Ebola at the labs in Kenema since 2011, but only reported the outbreak in 2014?
    Did they inform the SL government about their operations there?

    August 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Wes Martinez

      They'll never answer this truthfully anyways so why even bother. These people are habitual liars.

      August 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • txrus

      Point of clarification-EBV in the medical world refers to the Epstein Barr Virus, not Ebola.

      August 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      Chochoma, can you please share the link to the CDC fact sheet you are referring to?

      August 26, 2014 at 10:51 am | Reply

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