Diana Kay Sisson died of bone cancer August 16 at age 28. She was buried four days later in the family cemetery next to her father, a retired coal miner, who died May 6 at age 55 from leukemia. A baby born in McDowell County, West Virginia, has a lower life expectancy than babies born in places like Tajikistan, Peru, Colombia, Libya or Vietnam.

(Globe Staff Photo / Michele McDonald)
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