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Mother of two adult children with microcephaly says “They are the greatest gift God has ever given me”

by | Aug 15, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Andrea and Robbie De Clercq

Andrea and Robbie De Clercq

Pro-abortion Democrats use the Zika virus for (what else?) political purposes while most of the rest of us know little other than the virus has spread to the United States and that is it is linked to microcephaly, a birth defect that results in babies with small heads and developmental issues.

In a story that aired last week on WPBF Channel 25 in West Beach, Florida Haneefa De Clercq offered a stirring defense of the lives of children born with microcephaly and encouragement to what reporter Sanika Dange called “to-be mothers” who are carrying the Zika virus.

Ms. De Clercq, born in the small African nation of Malawi, has two adult children, Andrea and Robbie, born with microcephaly. (Her oldest daughter lives in New York.)

They attend a special needs school in Miami. Doctors initially gave Andrea only four months to live. Dange explains that

She’s now 37 years old and her brother, Robbie, is 33 years old. Though Andrea’s mind is that of a 3-year-old, and her brother’s that of a 7-year-old, De Clercq says they dazzle her every day. De Clercq believes they both have a photographic memory. Andrea excels at computers and technology, while Robbie takes to the arts. His paintings hang throughout De Clercq’s home.

“I never expected that I could give them an instruction and that they would follow that instruction and do it properly,” De Clercq admits. “I see the love between them and it gives me tears of joy

In the interview, she explains her belief there are three kinds of people. The first would be the kind that would hurl ugly taunts at Andrea and Robbie–“every name you could think of,” including monkey.


“The second type are the ones that don’t know where to look,” she told Dange. “They see my kids and it’s like, ‘Oh my God,’ crossing the road, avoiding us like someone with leprosy.

“And then you get the third category that I love with all my heart that come to me and say, ‘What happened? Why are they like this?’ And my smile is even wider because someone wants to know my story.”

The WPBF profile ends with De Clercq first saying that she hopes more research will be done to find a way to fight the virus. And then comes an incredibly powerful closing message intended for pregnant women who are infected with the Zika virus:

“And that’s what I want those mothers to know, that it’s not the end of the world because you have these kids. They will teach them so much. They’ll teach them how to love. They will teach them patience, which is the greatest gift. Everything is in God’s time, and if we have the patience to go through that, the rewards are so much greater. And my kids are my greatest gift. They are the greatest gift God has ever given me.”

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