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A Pregnant Ebola Survivor Could 'Give A Lot Of People A Lot Of Hope'

PORT LOKO, SIERRA LEONE    NOVEMBER 24: A pregnant Fatmata Kabia, 21, waits for her baby to be born after surviving Ebola in
PORT LOKO, SIERRA LEONE NOVEMBER 24: A pregnant Fatmata Kabia, 21, waits for her baby to be born after surviving Ebola in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, on Monday, November 24, 2014. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to the disease. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone — When Fatmata Kabia walked into the Ebola isolation center, her chances of survival were almost zero.

Not because her symptoms were particularly bad — though they were. Not because the disease had already killed most of her family — though it had. Kabia, 21, appeared doomed for another reason: She was pregnant.

Few diseases are less understood than the Ebola virus, which has claimed more than 7,900 lives across West Africa. But one thing is clear: Pregnant Ebola patients rarely survive. And their babies never do.

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