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Ebola's Pain: Mother's Death Leaves Family in Agony

Image: Liberia Races To Expand Ebola Treatment Facilities, As U.S. Troops Arrive
Sophia Doe sits with her grandchildren while watching the arrival an Ebola burial team to take away the body of her daughter for cremation on Oct. 10 in Monrovia, Liberia. John Moore / Getty Images

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Sophia Doe, above, sits with her grandchildren while watching the arrival of an Ebola burial team, who have come to take away the body of her daughter for cremation on Friday in Monrovia. The grandchildren are daughters of the deceased. Their mother died outside her home earlier in the morning while trying to walk to a treatment center, according to her relatives.

Medical authorities say the bodies of Ebola victims pose a significant health threat and therefore must be cremated, but the burial of loved ones is an important tradition in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation even more traumatic for surviving family members.

Image: Liberia Races To Expand Ebola Treatment Facilities, As U.S. Troops Arrive
A woman throws a handful of soil towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her for cremation on Oct. 10 in Monrovia, Liberia.John Moore / Getty Images

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