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Hope for Teanny’s Future-The Impact of the Zika Virus

Arianny Polanco was diagnosed with Zika while pregnant with her daughter, Teanny, who was born with microcephaly, a birth defect linked with the virus.

The Zika virus no longer makes the mainstream headlines but for Teanny and her parents this is part of their daily lives in the Dominican Republic. The struggles and challenges are real as lack of resources makes it even harder for children born with Zika to live a normal life.

As you watch the video below, it’s hard not to get emotional and feel sadden by this story.

Combating Zika: Hope for Teanny's Future from USAID on Vimeo.

There is hope, Polanco and her husband are both fighting hard for their daughter- they are fighting to at least give her the chance to grow up as a normal child.

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