I was infected with Zika when I was in Puerto Rico visiting my family. When the doctor told me I was pregnant and that I had the Zika virus, my husband said, “I can’t believe you let this happen.”
I know that other women in Puerto Rico have had babies with microcephaly caused by the virus. But here in California, I feel like I’m the only one.
My baby is three years old now. People stare at us when we go out. Some even ask me what’s wrong with my boy. When I say he has microcephaly from Zika, they just shake their heads. One woman said to me, “What a shame.” Shame. That’s exactly what I feel, like I should have done more to protect my baby.