A little girl from Colombia who is just 10 years old recently gave birth to a 5 pound baby, and now the young mother is making headlines worldwide.
According to reports, the girl arrived at a hospital bleeding and in a great deal of pain. This was the first time she had received any kind of medical treatment for her pregnancy.
The birth of the baby girl, which was full-term, required a Caesarean section because of the mother’s small size.
The girl is reportedly a member of the Wayuu tribe, which has kept quiet about the pregnancy and the identity of the boy (or man) who fathered the child.
Because the tribe follows its own laws, law enforcement and elected officials in Colombia are trying to figure out a way to handle the situation, while also showing respect to the tribe’s sovereignty.
“We’ve already seen similar cases of Wayuu girls,” said Efrain Pacheco Casadiego, director of the hospital that treated the young mother and her newborn baby. “At a time when [the girls] should be playing with dolls, they go to having to take care of a baby. It’s shocking.”
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time an extremely under-aged child has birthed a baby and made worldwide headlines.
Just last year, a 10-year-old girl gave birth to a baby in Mexico, and in 2010, an 11-year-old girl in the same country gave birth.
Also in 2010, a 10-year-old Romanian girl from Spain gave birth, which made headlines all over the world as well.