The pre-teen girl became one of the world’s youngest mothers after giving birth to a healthy baby daughter.
A 10-year-old member of the northern indigenous Wayuu tribe in Colombia was 39 weeks pregnant when she underwent a Caesarean section and gave birth to a healthy girl, according to The Daily Mail. It was the first time she had visited a doctor about her pregnancy.
She arrived at the hospital bleeding and crying over the “enormous” pain of the contractions. Because of her age, doctors decided to do a Caesarean. Both the mom and daughter — who weighed 5 lbs at the time of birth — are doing well now.
However, the young mother is refusing to breastfeed the infant, and both are still confined to the neo-natal unit.
Although the father, who remains unknown, could be prosecuted for underage sex, the country’s constitution does allow some autonomy and to retain certain cultural heritages to the Wayuu — including giving birth at a young age.
Regardless, the director of the hospital, Efrain Pacheco Casadiego, criticizes the practice: “At a time when [the girls] should be playing with dolls, they go to having to take care of a baby. It’s shocking.”
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