Ashoka Mukpo
October 3, 2014 7:53 AM EDT

The parents of an NBC News freelance cameraman who caught Ebola while working in Liberia say their son is “tender but cheerful today” as he awaits his return home to the United States.

“Obviously he is scared and worried,” Dr. Mitchell Levy told TODAY’s Tamron Hall Friday. His son, Ashoka Mupko, has been “seeing the death and tragedy and now it’s really hit home for him. But his spirits are better today.” . . .

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