A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika
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Motherhood in the time of Zika: Photos from Brazil

A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Maria Silva Flor, 20, holds her 2-month-old baby, Maria Alves, who was born with microcephaly.  Mothers of children with microcephaly bring their babies twice a week to physiotherapy at Pedro I Municipal Hospital in Campina Grande, Brazil.

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Claudenice Batista, who is eight months pregnant, waits to get the results of an ultrasound showing whether her unborn child has microcephaly. Thousands cases have been reported across Brazil since the fall, a surge that researchers link to the Zika virus.

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

After getting confirmation that her 2-month-old son, Jhin Pirlo, has microcephaly, Francinelma Santos, 29,  waits for a car to drive them home from the Pedro I Municipal Hospital.

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A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Kalissandra de Olivera, 17, kisses her 3-month-old, Nicolas.

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A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Dr. Alba Batista, a neurosurgeon at Pedro I Municipal Hospital in Campina Grande, Brazil, goes over CT scans of a microcephaly patient with medical students.

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A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Samuel Amorim Santiago, 2 months, who was born with microcephaly, undergoes neurological testing at the Pedro I Municipal Hospital.

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A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Amanda dos Santos, 19, comforts her 3-month-old, Emanuel, before a brain scan. With only one CT scanner at the hospital, mothers often have to wait long hours for the test.

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A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Amanda dos Santos watches as technicians prepare Emanuel for the CT scan.

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A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Kalissandra de Olivera sits and watches as son Nicolas receives physiotherapy.

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Physiotherapist Jeime Leal treats 2-month-old Sophia, who was born with microcephaly. Leal is the only physiotherapist at the hospital.

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Nicolas de Olivera cries during a physiotherapy session. Many of the babies are easily irritated, says Jeime Leal, the hospital’s physiotherapist. But early stimulation can significantly improve their development.

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Physiotherapist Jeime Leal works with 3 month-old Nicolas Felipe Alves De Olivera who was born with microcephaly. Leal is the only physiotherapist at the hospital.
Physiotherapist Jeime Leal works with 3 month-old Nicolas Felipe Alves De Olivera who was born with microcephaly. Leal is the only physiotherapist at the hospital. (Katie Falkenberg )
A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Andres Rocha, 19, watches as Aline Santos, 19, in yellow, paces the hallway with their daughter, Alise Rocha.

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A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Francinelma Santos holds son Jhin Pirlo as she waits with physiotherapist Jeime Leal.

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Kalissandra de Olivera sleeps next to her son in a hallway as they wait for a van to take them to a meeting for mothers whose babies have microcephaly. 

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Mothers socialize while they wait for their babies’ physiotherapy appointments at Pedro I Municipal Hospital in Campina Grande, Brazil.

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Ianka Barbosa, 18, left, shares a laugh with Maria da Silva as they wait for their children’s physiotherapy appointments.

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
A hospital on the front line of Brazil’s war with Zika

Women wait outside Pedro I Municipal Hospital to travel to a meeting for mothers whose children were born with microcephaly. 

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
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