Published April 09, 2012
A 10-year-old girl from Colombia recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Univision’s Primer Impacto reported.
The girl, whose name is not being released due to privacy reasons, is from Manaure, a town in the Colombian Department of La Guajira, which is comprised of various indigenous tribes. The girl is a part of the Wayuu tribe in Northern Columbia.
According to Univision, when the girl arrived at the hospital, she was bleeding heavily and screaming from the contraction pain.
Univision reported that the girl “escaped certain death,” and doctors delivered the 5-pound, 5-ounce baby via caesarean section.
Doctors said the girl did not understand what was going on.
"We've already had two cases - lamentable because one girl was 10 years-old. We hope there aren't anymore,” said Dr. Fabio Gonzalez, the gynecologist who treated her.
It was unclear how the girl got pregnant or who the father is.
The case is being investigated by police; however, they need to respect the tribes’ laws, according to Univision. For the time being, the mother and child will stay at the hospital.
Experts say certain medical care needs to be given to such young mothers.
A 10-year-old’s body would not be defined for pregnancy with its short stature, said Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan, a leading high-risk obstetrician, who was interviewed by FoxNews.com in February 2010 when an 11-year-old girl gave birth to a baby boy in the Northern U.S.
At the time, Al-Khan noted that a pre-teen’s chest might not necessarily be developed enough for breast tissue – and exposing such a young child to high amounts of progesterone and estrogen could stunt her growth.
Al-Khan said a C-section is the best bet in these cases, as such a young pelvis is not designed for childbirth.
"The textbooks don’t even tell you how to deal with a 10-year-old; it’s completely different even though we understand the basics," Al-Khan said.