Even though this pregnant teen had contracted the deadly “Zika” virus, she decided to give birth to her miracle baby anyway.
“I’m not happy that my baby is going to be born with Zika but God has given me a miracle,” 17-year-old Sara Mujica, of Danbury, told PEOPLE.
At the age of 15, Sara contracted meningitis and doctors unfortunately told her that she would not be able to get pregnant on her own, but back in March of this year, Sara and her partner Victor learned that she was expecting a baby, days after showing the first symptoms of Zika.
“I was getting rashes all over my body: my legs, my arms, my face everywhere, and I also had a fever and headaches,” Sara recalled. “I started researching Zika but I also thought it could be chicken pox.”
Just one month after visiting her fiancé in Honduras, where he currently lives, Sara finally learned that she tested positive for the Zika virus, which she likely contracted during the trip.
“My mom called me hysterically crying, she told me her heart was breaking for me,” she told People Magazine.
Sara and her 19-year-old partner discussed terminating the pregnancy, but ultimately decided against it.
“I mean it’s a hard choice, I don’t know exactly how I’m going to bring up a child with a disability,” she said. “But I am Catholic and I believe that I must raise the child that God gave me.”
The Zika virus has been known to cause a slew of serious birth defects, most notably microcephaly, the major cause for incomplete brain development and in most cases a smaller head size.
We wish Sara, her partner and newborn luck and happiness and health.