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Fetal Brain Disruption Sequence Doral Florida ex-Venezuela

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The baby has not been diagnosed with microcephaly, but doctors said the child is suffering from other Zika-related side effects.

Photos taken inside the baby girl's eyes at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine help give doctors a clearer vision of how to treat the baby.

"You can see that here we have the changes in pigment. So this is what we think is the Zika infection in this child," pediatric retina specialist Dr. Audina Berrocal said while examining a photo.

The baby's mother, Maria Ramirez Bolivar, contracted the virus at the end of her first trimester, while on a family Christmas vacation on the island of Margarita off the coast of Venezuela. The island is about 290 miles east of Caracas.

"They thought it was the sun," Ramirez Bolivar said in Spanish about the rashes she started getting followed by red eyes and stomach issues. 

She said she felt terrible to hear the news and then her "world collapsed."

Ramirez Bolivar, who is from Venezuela, but now lives in Doral, said she saw three doctors and then waited for the results.


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