10-year-old girl gives birth via C-section in Colombia

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, April 9, 2012 17:21 EDT
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A 10-year-old indigenous Colombia girl gave birth to a health 5-pound daughter by cesarean section, according to ABC News, making her one of the youngest girls to give birth.

The unnamed girl arrived at the hospital in Manaure crying from the pain of her contractions. She was 39 weeks pregnant and it was the first time the doctors had seen her, according to the Telegraph.

The father’s age is unknown.

The girl is a member of the Wayuu people, an indigenous tribe in northern Colombia. Police cannot prosecute the matter because the tribe is allowed to govern itself and maintain its cultural traditions. Giving birth at a young age is not uncommon for the Wayuu people.

“These girls are not ready to be pregnant. Their bodies are not mature,” Dr. Frederick Gonzalez, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center, told ABC News. “They may be able to get pregnant, but being able to have a baby is a whole other situation.”

But others said that the tradition of the tribe needs to be respected.

“Since it’s a Wayuu girl we are trying to respect all of their rights since they have autonomy and their own jurisdiction,” Alejandro Samplayo, director of parental organization Colombiano Bienestar Familiar, told the Telegraph.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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