Celebrity Mom of NJ Baby Born with Zika-Related Microcephaly Speaks Out: My Doctor Said, 'Don't Worry, Everything Will Be Fine' The baby girl was born with microcephaly, a condition that causes the brain and head to be partially developed at the time of birth By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on February 4, 2022 02:52 PM Share Tweet Pin Email http://video.foxnews.com/v/embed.js?id=4923141051001&w=466&h=263Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comThe young Honduran woman delivered the first tri-state area baby born with defects linked to the Zika virus on Tuesday is speaking out. The 31-year-old mother gave birth via C-section to her baby girl at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. She was diagnosed with the virus in Honduras, and traveled to the Garden State – where she has family – for treatment. Hackensack Medical officials reported to ABC 6 in Philadelphia that the baby has intestinal and visual problems, and has been diagnosed with microcephaly, a condition in which the child is born with a partially developed brain and head. In an interview to Fox News Latino from her hospital bed, the woman – whose name is being withheld – said she worried about her pregnancy when being diagnosed. Her initial symptoms, however, were underestimated by doctors in her homeland. The woman’s fever and rash first appeared in December – though she told her Central American gynecologist she thought she was having an allergic episode. “I said I had had a little fever,” she said, in Spanish. “but it was very brief, only for about an hour.” When she didn’t exhibit other symptoms commonly associated with the virus, like pain or redness in her eyes, she was assured her baby wasn’t at risk. “He said, ‘Don’t worry, everything will be fine. I don’t think you will be affected.’ Then I had an ultrasound, and everything looked fine,” she explains. While the normal ultrasound happened early in the mother’s pregnancy, surgeon Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan confirmed to the AP that another ultrasound last week showed birth defects, including microcephaly. Al-Khan, who is also the hospital’s chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive science, said the prognosis for babies born with microcephaly is “generally very poor.” “It was very sad for us to see a baby born with such a condition,” he added. “What human being isn’t going to be devastated by this news?” “It’s a reality we’re living,” the mother, who suspects she contracted the virus through a mosquito. “Sometimes we can underestimate things, but when it’s your turn to be in that situation, that’s the hard part.” RELATED VIDEO: Zika Virus: What You Need to Know In April, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the link between Zika and microcephaly, saying “There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly.” “Never before in history has there been a situation where a bite from a mosquito can result in a devastating malformation,” Frieden continued. While this woman is the first to give birth to a baby with Zika-related issues in the tri-state area, her child is is not the first child in the U.S. born with defects linked to the rampant virus. According to CBS, a U.S. woman who contracted the virus overseas gave birth in February to a child who suffered microcephaly. In early May, PEOPLE reported that a pregnant 17-year-old in Danbury, Connecticut, tested positive for Zika but refused to terminate her pregnancy. “I’m not happy that my baby is going to be born with Zika, but God has given me a miracle,” Sara Mujica told PEOPLE. “Doctors said that I would never get pregnant so this is a big miracle for me.” Zika causes brief flu-like illness in most people. The first death from a reaction to the Zika virus infection – a Puerto Rican man in his 70s – was reported in April. There are currently no vaccines or treatments for Zika. Scientists are working on developing both.