It was January, 2016. I cuddled 3-month-old Luiz Felipe in my lap. Chubby, squeezable and defenseless, he felt like my children when they were babies. But Luiz Felipe was born with an unusually small head and underdeveloped brain.
We were in Recife, in northeastern Brazil, to report on a Zika virus pandemic that had been linked to a surge in birth defects — specifically microcephaly. Doctors were already calling the infants «a lost generation.»
I spent hours with producer Flora Charner and photojournalist Miguel Castro — himself a new father — in waiting rooms and clinics.
We spoke softly to parents as they got the first diagnosis of microcephaly.… Seguir leyendo »