9-month-old Danilo from Guatemala loves tickles, kisses, smiling and the sound of singing. Because of a mosquito bite, he also happens to be born with microcephaly. “The doctors told us we shouldn’t get too attached to our baby. They said he was essentially a potato – a potato that had been badly cooked. Imagine a defect at the factory, your baby is a faulty product,” said his mother. We disagree with the doctor. Yes, Danilo has developmental delays. Yes, his brain is smaller than it should be. Yes, he may not run marathons like his grandmother – but he is still a little boy, with a name, a personality, and a lot of love to give. UNICEF is supporting families affected by #Zika and other congenital disorders across Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo by @daniele_volpe.
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