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HEALTH-ZIKA/BRAZIL
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February 08, 2016
Genesis Kladm holds Maria Giovanna, who has microcephaly, at their house in Recife, Brazil, January 30,...
Recife, Brazil
A Picture and its Story: After Zika - a mother's story
Genesis Kladm holds Maria Giovanna, who has microcephaly, at their house in Recife, Brazil, January 30, 2016. Reuters Photographer Ueslei Marcelino: "Gleyse Kelly da Silva was seven months pregnant when an ultrasound showed her baby's head had stopped growing. Maria Giovanna, now three months, has microcephaly, a deformation characterised by abnormally small heads that can also include brain damage. The condition is suspected to be linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency. My colleagues and I spent a day with Silva and her family at their home in Recife, eastern Brazil, which is at the centre of a crisis overwhelming local authorities. Silva, a 27-year-old toll-booth worker, became ill in April with a fever, back pain, itching and a rash. 'When I saw her the first time I cried,' Silva said. 'I saw my perfect daughter and thanked God. It was a feeling of love, happiness.' Such an assignment is delicate; you have to be respectful. I felt a responsibility to share their story and highlight the problem. Doctors took blood samples, as well as liquid from the baby's spine, for tests. Silva and Maria Giovanna's father, Felipe Marques, are still awaiting the results. Silva hopes her daughter will not suffer any severe consequences and that she will grow up to walk, talk and play with other children. 'I cannot believe it when the doctors say she will not walk,' Silva said. 'I need to believe that everything will be all right.'" REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino SEARCH "GLEYSE KELLY" FOR ALL IMAGES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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