Microcephaly is a birth defect where the baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. It is a condition that has been linked recently to the Zika virus. The most personal perspective on microcephaly is that of people living with the condition. We bring you a few stories from around the world. From the thriving teenager in the UK, to the journalist in Brazil, to two sisters in the US, these are stories of courage, hope as well as hardship.
It is important to remember that the causes of microcephaly in most babies are unknown, though links have been drawn to a range of factors including certain infections such as rubella, harmful exposure to substances during pregnancy, and most recently with the Zika virus.