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10-year-old gives birth in Colombia

posted 10 Apr 2012, 03:45 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 10 Apr 2012, 03:45 ]

A 10-year-old girl gives birth to a baby girl in Colombia. Sophia Soo reports.

COLOMBIA-BIRTH - A 10-year-old girl has given birth to a healthy baby in northeastern Colombia.

A caesarean section was carried out, and the newborn girl weighed in at over five pounds.

Natural birth is considered almost medically impossible for a 10-year-old, because the pelvis is not yet well-defined.


"Yes, she is a young girl from the Wayuu tribe. She is 10 years of age and this is her first pregnancy. She is originally from the Manaure municipality and arrived at the clinic with a 39-week pregnancy with a delayed intrauterine growth stage. In this particular case, it was critical to perform a caesarian section due to the circumstances of the patient and pregnancy. The baby is growing healthy and at birth weight approximately 2,500 grams."

The circumstances surrounding her becoming pregnant at such a young age are unknown.

The case will be investigated by police, adhering to the tribe's laws.

Sophia Soo, Reuters.