Mom Says Her Daughters Are Living ‘Normal Lives’ Despite Their Link To The Zika Virus

Now this is what you call real strength in motherhood. Now, I don’t know what I would do if I were in Gwen Hartley’s shoes, but I can tell you that she is one mama that is tough as steel with a heart full of real gold for her girls. The Kansas city mother is letting everyone know that living with the Zika virus isn’t a “death sentence” as some would assume, despite it causing incomplete brain development as well as a range of health defects.In a new interview with the Daily Mail, Gwen – whose two daughters, Claire, 14, and Lola 9, were diagnosed while still in the womb – says that she basically goes about her life just like any mother would do even though her children cannot walk or speak and suffer from daily seizures. They were both diagnosed with a birth defect called microcephaly when they were born. Gwen says microcephaly, thought to be caused by the Zika epidemic currently sweeping South America, doesn’t have to be a death sentence - despite it causing incomplete brain development as well as a range of health defects.The Zika virus is making huge waves in the media as the epidemic is currently sweeping through South America.

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Joanna Mazewski

Joanna has been following the world of entertainment and celebrities since '05, having served as the Editor-in-Chief of Celebrity News Service and as a personal assistant for one of the original James Bond screenwriters, producer Kevin McClory during her days in Ireland. These days she’s a mother, warrior, celebrity writer and Disney dreamer. And she eats a lot of peanut butter M&Ms, as well.

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