Yesterday we reported of a 12-year-old mother, along with 13-year-old father, giving birth to a daughter, but an even more shocking story has recently surfaced. According to reports, a 10-year-old girl has recently given birth to her 5 lb. daughter.
The story comes from, “Manaure, a town in the Colombian Department of La Guajira,” where a 10-year-old girl delivered her baby via c-section. The girl arrived at the hospital in tremendous pain and was noted to have been crying.
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According to experts, a c-section isn’t rare amongst mothers of this age. An OB/GYN at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Dr. Kimberly Gecsi stated just that when she said, “The baby’s head needs to come through a bony outlet. But in a young girl, the pelvis may not be ready or big enough to deliver a baby.”
Young mothers such as this run higher risks during pregnancy as well, where things such as preeclampsia – high blood pressure during pregnancy that could potentially hurt the baby – as well as growth restriction on account of the underdeveloped, and significantly smaller uterus.
A clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Frederick Gonzalez, relayed, “These girls are not ready to be pregnant. Their bodies are not mature. They may be able to get pregnant, but being able to have a baby is a whole other situation.”
According to ABC News, “The age of the father is unknown, but police can’t press charges because the tribe has its own jurisdiction, according to local reports.”
The director of the hospital where the girl gave birth, Efraín Pacheco Casadiego, surprisingly noted, “We’ve already seen several cases [of pregnancy] in girls of the Wayuu ethnicity. When in fact [the girls] should be playing with dolls, they are having to care for a baby. This is shocking.”
Apparently there is a possibility, albeit highly unlikely, for a girl to get pregnant before even knowing she’s menstruating. As ovulation – the period where conception occurs – comes immediately before menstruation, there is a small chance of something like that happening.
Expounding on the unusual occurrence, Gecsi mentioned, “The average age girls in the country start menstruating is about 12 and a half, but that age keeps dropping. But only about 13 percent of Hispanic girls menstruate younger than 11. And for them to have a sexual experience would be very unusual.”
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Gecsi concluded by saying, “Typically, menstruation is the last thing that happens in puberty. If you notice those things, you could be about to menstruate and you could get pregnant.”
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(h/t: ABC News)