A teenager who’s pregnant with her fiancé’s baby was recently diagnosed with Zika—a virus known for causing severe birth defects in babies born to women who have it during their pregnancies—and says she plans on keeping the baby.
Sara Mujica, a 17-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, contracted Zika virus while visiting her fiancé, Victor Cruz, in Honduras where he lives. While Zika can be sexually transmitted, Mujica caught it from a mosquito bite. She found out she was pregnant in March while visiting Cruz, and according to the Associated Press, she was getting over an illness that gave her rashes, headaches, and neck aches at the time she took her pregnancy test. Just to be safe, she visited Danbury Hospital to be tested for Zika when she was back in Connecticut on March 30. She told the AP she learned of the positive diagnosis “during a phone call from her crying mother last week, after she had returned to Honduras.”
“I was in a state of shock honestly,” Mujica told the AP. “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.”
Pregnant Teenager Is Keeping Her Baby After Learning She Has Zika
With Everything that is being said , no one is ever going to walk through my shoes to know what it feels like , I love My Baby more than anything in this world to all the hate that I’m getting from the World , it’s only making me stronger , I know I’m doing the right thing . Thank you to everyone that had words of Kindness to say . God Bless You All . 🙏🏽👶🏽😘 #MyBaby #MyMiracle #MyAngel #UnconditionalLove #BabyCruz #MiAngelito
Mujica weighed her options, but since she is Catholic, has decided to keep her baby, which she refers to in several Instagram posts and Facebook statuses as her “miracle.” She’s also started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her child. “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,” Mujica wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Every donation will be helpful & I am so greatful [sic]. 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.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Mujica is one of only 44 women to get pregnant with Zika in the U.S. so far. Birth defects from babies born to moms with Zika include microcephaly, a severe birth defect in which a baby is born with brain damage and a much smaller head than normal. Over the past week, Mujica has received a flurry of concern from strangers who say it’s unethical for her to keep the baby—commenters on her GoFundMe page are especially critical. But she remains sure in her decision to have her baby, despite the risk of birth defects.
“This is my blessing. This is my miracle,” she told the AP. “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. I’m going to stay positive and hope my baby comes out normal.”