We assume she could have stayed in Honduras and given birth there, but why do that when you can have your Zika anchor baby here and receive world-class treatment, not to mention immediate citizenship for the baby? We expect this will be the first of many conceived elsewhere that are born here.
Whatever the case, this is a sad situation.
A 31-year-old woman from Honduras, a nation ravaged by the Zika virus, gave birth to a baby girl suffering from the devastating effects of the virus on Tuesday at Hackensack University Medical Center, the first apparent case in the tri-state area, her physician said.
The mother, who was not identified, contracted the disease in Honduras after being bitten by a mosquito early in her pregnancy. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that she was infected with the Zika virus, said Dr. Manny Alvarez, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack.
The baby was delivered “uneventfully’’ at 3 p.m. by cesarean section after an ultrasound on Friday confirmed the birth defects — low birth weight and severe microcephaly, a condition in which the baby’s head is smaller than expected. It can lead to seizures, developmental delays, hearing loss and severe mental disabilities, Alvarez said. The baby also has intestinal and visual issues, Alvarez said.
The baby “came out crying,” and the mother looked sad, the doctor said. “You could see the pain in her heart,” Alvarez said of the mother.
There have been 591 cases of Zika diagnosed in the United States, but it was not clear on Tuesday whether there have been any other cases of babies born with serious defects because of the virus in the continental U.S. Earlier this year, the CDC reported that a baby was born with microcephaly related to the Zika virus in Hawaii.
In the Hackensack case, the mother had been visiting relatives after arriving in the United States a little more than a month ago. Alvarez declined to say where she was staying.
Before coming to the United States, she was monitored by physicians in Honduras after her mother, a microbiologist, shipped a blood sample to the CDC in Atlanta to confirm she had contracted Zika, Alvarez said. She told doctors in Hackensack on Friday that “something is wrong with my baby’s brain,” Alvarez said.
“We saw on the ultrasound the baby was highly affected with multiple congenital abnormalities, including severe microcephaly,” Alvarez said.
We’d suggest anyone who’s eight month pregnant be kept out of the coutry, but that would be racist and we’d be subject to the scorn of the angry, finger-wagging left.