According to Univision's Primer Impacto, a 10 year old girl from Colombia recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
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 news reports, when the girl arrived at the hospital, she was bleeding heavily and screaming from the contraction pain.
Doctors said the girl did not understand what was going on. (How would she? She is only TEN!!!)
Colombian authorities have been frustrated in their attempts to file criminal charges against the young father of a baby born two weeks ago to the 10-year-old ethnic Wayuu girl.
That's because the Wayuu people have their own justice system and rarely cooperate with agents of the Colombian state in such matters, said Maria Gladys Pabon, chief prosecutor in Riohacha, the regional capital.
Under Colombian law, any sexual relations with a child age 14 or younger is a crime punishable by at least nine years in
"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.
The person responsible for getting her pregnant is still unknown. (This is where Maury comes in, lol, seriously though, this is APPALLING!!)
The baby girl weighed 5.6 pounds (2.6 kilograms) and measured 47 centimetres, said Dr. Fabio Gonzalez, who delivered the child through C-section in a private clinic in Riohacha, on the Guajira peninsula in Colombia's northeast coast.
"She barely understood what was happening" at the moment of birth, Gonzalez told The Associated Press by phone. He said he had to operate because at that age the pelvis is still growing "and it's too small for the fetus to pass through the vaginal canal."
He said the mother, who was discharged from the clinic in good health, is also relatively short at 4 feet, 7 inches (142 centimetres).
When nurses took the newborn to her mother "it was as if a doll was being given to her," said Gonzalez. "She has no idea. She doesn't understand anything and that's normal," he added.
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.