Pregnant Teen Affected With Zika Virus Faces Backlash For Keeping Baby
A 17-year-old teenager, Sara Mujica from Danbury, Connecticut, recently contracted the Zika virus while visiting her fiancé in Honduras. Although Zika virus can be transmitted sexually, Mujica became infected by a mosquito bite. She also learned about her pregnancy in March while she was in Honduras and, unfortunately, fell ill around the same time. The Associated Press (AP) reports Mujica developed rashes, headaches and neck aches.
When she returned from her trip, Mujica went to Danbury Hospital to be tested for Zika and learned of her positive diagnosis. She told AP, “I was in a state of shock honestly. I didn’t really know what to say. I didn’t know what to do. I just started getting teary eyed and almost crying. I was just trying to stay strong.” Although the Zika virus causes birth defects in babies whose mothers are carriers of it during their pregnancies, Mujica opted to remain pregnant and keep her child because of her religious beliefs.
The decision also caused Mujica to launch a Go Fund Me Page that will help with the expenses of caring for her child. On the page, she writes: “Hey guys , my name is Sara Mujica , and I’ve been Named The first person in Connecticut To Be Pregnant With Zika , I am all over the news , and would really appreciate every help I could get . Being young and pregnant is one thing , but now I Am Still pregnant and young but going through the worst time ever with the news about me having Zika… Every Donation Will Be Helpful & I am so Greateful . I have Decided to keep my Baby, because it’s what God has given to me & I do NOT believe in Abortion so I would never do that . Thank you so much.”
Although many people have been supportive of Mujica, others have left racially-charged and disgusting comments regarding her ethnicity or stating that she’s selfish for keeping a child that will have special needs. Mujica is one out of 44 women in the United States who has tested positive for the Zika virus, according to the CDC. Mujica notes her pregnancy is not a bad thing despite the circumstances. “This is my blessing. This is my miracle,” she said. “I have a cousin who has Down syndrome and he is so smart and l love him so much. I would never give up a Down syndrome child or a child with birth defects.”