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HEALTH-ZIKA/BRAZIL
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October 17, 2018
Gleyse Kelly da Silva, 28, rests on the baby carriage of her two-year-old daughter Maria Giovanna, while...
Recife, Brazil
The Wider Image: Mothers of babies afflicted by Zika fight poverty, despair
Gleyse Kelly da Silva, 28, rests on the baby carriage of her two-year-old daughter Maria Giovanna, while waiting for a medical appointment in a hospital in Recife, Brazil, August 8, 2018. Gleyse has help from her husband and mother in caring for Maria Giovanna "Gigi" da Silva. But the burden is still great, and she was forced to leave her job as a toll attendant. "She does not sit alone, she does not roll, she does not do anything alone," Gleyse said. Gigi needs an orthopedist, but there are not enough to go around, and she's perpetually on waiting lists. Gleyse struggles with navigating her daughter's wheelchair on public transportation. Few buses have working lifts, and some drivers have refused to help her. "People do not respect my daughter's rights," she said. Other mothers have told her similar stories, including a bus passenger who refused to ride with "that demon," referring to a baby with microcephaly. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino SEARCH "ZIKA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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