Jaír F. Coll

Documentary photographer
   
Samara, a Zika daughter
Location: Cali, Colombia
Nationality: Colombia
Biography: Jaír F. Coll (1997) is a colombian visual journalist whose work focuses on culture as a factor of social transformation. His photography, both intimate and colorful, has been exhibited at the Photo Vogue Festival 2021 and was selected in... MORE
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Samara, a Zika daughter
Copyright Jaír F. Coll 2022
Date of Work Feb 2019 - May 2019
Updated Jun 2022
Location Colombia
Topics Spotlight
Even if the Zika epidemic in Colombia ended years ago, the traces of this disease still actives in the hundreds of families who experienced a turnaround in their lives after the birth of 356 children with microcephaly between 2015 and 2018, according to the National Institute of Health.

Samara Velásquez Corcino, 3, is one of them, as a result of her mother, Eliana, 38, contracted an asymptomatic Zika during her pregnancy in 2016.The condition gives to the girl a 97% disability, which makes her have a delayed physical-neuronal development, gastroesophageal reflux, severe spasticity (muscle contraction), lack of musculature, among other symptoms.

Like other mothers who have had to face the same situation in different cities of Colombia and Latinoamerica, Eliana “stopped being a woman to become a full time caregiver”, according to her, which meant giving up her work as an esthetician and her personal activities to devote herself completely to Samara’s upbringing.

However, Eliana and Samara find quite a few moments of love between them and the other members of their family: Jean Paul, the father, and Brianna, the firstborn daughter.
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