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Microcephaly: Alainah’s story

Alainah-FB_IMG_1457736172516-croppedSixteen-month-old Alainah Therrien of Cape Cod was probably never exposed to the Zika virus. But she has a smaller-than-normal head and was diagnosed with microcephaly even before she was born.

“I was told when I was 24 weeks pregnant that we would have a daughter who was mentally retarded,” recounts her mother Melissa.

Melissa’s labor was induced at 36 weeks because Alainah had stopped growing. After Alainah was born, a tiny 5 pounds, Melissa saw the word microcephaly for the first time on the bottom of a medical form.

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