The mother approached a doctor worried she had the virus, but when told she was in the clear she was still concerned. That’s when she came to America. Check out her symptoms, have you been exposed?
A young Honduran woman who on Tuesday delivered what is believed to be the first baby in the continental U.S. to be born with a Zika virus-related brain condition recalled in an exclusive interview how her initial symptoms were underestimated by doctors in her homeland.
It was December when a rash appeared on the 31-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld. She was feverish, too.
Worried about her pregnancy, she went to see her doctor in the Central American nation.
“I told my gynecologist that I had an allergic episode,” she told Fox News from her hospital bed at Hackensack University Medical Center.
“He asked if I had a fever,” the woman said in Spanish. “I said I had had a little fever – but it was very brief, only for about an hour.”
The doctor asked if she had exhibited other symptoms, such as pain or redness in her eyes, which people who have the Zika virus often complain about to health workers. Zika has been linked to microcephaly, in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected because the brain hasn’t developed properly.
“I said no,” the woman told Fox News. “He said, ‘Don’t worry, everything will be fine. I don’t think you will be affected.’ Then I had an ultrasound, and everything looked fine.”
The mother was diagnosed with Zika in Honduras, where the virus is active. She traveled to New Jersey, where she has family, to seek treatment.
On Friday, the woman was admitted to Hackensack UMC, where she gave birth to a baby girl who was delivered by cesarean section yesterday. The child’s mother was under the care of a surgical team led by Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan and Dr. Manny Alvarez, the hospital’s chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive science and Fox News Health Senior Managing Editor.