Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

DAYS AF­TER Joy’s* nineyear-old daugh­ter Becky* con­tracted the Zika virus in May, she woke up with no move­ment in her right side.

The sud­den paral­y­sis re­sulted in the work­ing mother car­ry­ing her daugh­ter around on her back to and from school for months, while some med­i­cal per­son­nel ini­tially charged that the child was fak­ing the ill­ness.

Up to the time the child was di­ag­nosed with Guil­lain-Barre syndrome (GBS) – a con­di­tion in which per­sons may present with acute on­set of pro­gres­sive paral­y­sis – Joy said her daugh­ter had not been tested for ZIKV even though she re­quested the test when her daugh­ter first pre­sented with the rashes and itch­ing over her body.


“The school called and said I should come and get her for she had rashes all over her body. I took her to the clinic and they misdiagnosed her and said it was food poi­son­ing. They gave her a shot for food poi­son­ing and said it would clear up in 24 hours.

“Four days later, she still had the rash. The fol­low­ing Mon­day, eight days af­ter the rash ap­peared, she said ‘Mommy, I can’t feel my right side’,” Joy told The Sun­day Gleaner.

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