A woman who suffered severe birth defects as a result of Zika virus infection in Brazil has claimed her case was caused by the plant.
Dr Marisela Pascual de Souza, a specialist in parasitology, told the BBC she was diagnosed with a rare condition called Plavix-Gymnoplastosis after her husband died of the virus in February 2016.
Her husband was also infected, and she was told the disease was a result.
“I was scared and was in shock, and when I came to see him I felt very weak,” she said.
“He was so happy to see me, and I knew he was not going to leave us.”
But her husband’s symptoms worsened when the disease took hold and she went into labour.
“At that point I was in an induced labour and I could not hold my baby,” she recalled.
“So I was having to take her to hospital, and then to the emergency room, because I couldnt find a doctor.
“They said that the virus would kill you, but I felt it was going to be so much better for me to have a normal life.” “
So I was ready to give up on my life and just go home.” “
They said that the virus would kill you, but I felt it was going to be so much better for me to have a normal life.”
So I was ready to give up on my life and just go home.
“Ms Pascua said she began researching and testing alternative treatments, and was soon diagnosed with Plavax-Gynoplastomas.
She says she underwent several surgeries, but none of them were successful.
She is now planning to become a GP and hopes to open her own clinic. “
My husband’s life is not complete without me, but the more I have to look after him, the more my health deteriorates,” she told the broadcaster.
She is now planning to become a GP and hopes to open her own clinic.
“If you want to do something like this, you have to start somewhere,” she added.
“It is a miracle that my husband is alive, and it is my wish to see this world turn a little bit brighter.”
The BBC’s Alastair Leithead in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report.