Tuesday, November 2, 2010

10-Year-Old Gives Birth In Southern Spain


Doctors in Spain have warned of the health risks of pregnancies in young girls after a 10-year-old gave birth in Jerez.

Authorities in Spain were today trying to decide what to do with a 10-year-old girl and the baby she gave birth to last week, admitting they had never before encountered such a young mother.
The girl gave birth in a hospital in the southern city of Jerez on 26 October, though the case only came to light today. Doctors remarked that both the girl and her mother, who accompanied her to the hospital, seemed calm about the birth.
The young mother was allowed home at the weekend with the healthy 2.9kg (6.4lb) baby, whose father was reported to be an under-age boy.
"The important thing is that both the baby and the mother should be cared for properly," said Micaela Navarro, head of the health service in the region of Andalucía.
"If that is the case, then they can stay with their family without any problem. That is what we are checking on at the moment. She might be the mother, but she is herself a minor," she added.
Navarro did not explain why the checks had not been carried out earlier.
The Diario de Sevilla newspaper reported that, despite the age of the mother, a caesarean had not been necessary.
But doctors warned that pregnancies carried health risks for very young girls. "At a young age your bones are not even fully formed," said Dr Adolfo López Gómez of Seville's Sagrado Corazón hospital.
"The high level of hormonal activity caused by a pregnancy can provoke problems."
Andalucía had 177 children born to girls who were 14 or under in 2008 – though no one can recall a case involving a 10-year-old.
Doctors remarked that the baby was welcomed into the new family, who said that childbirth at a young age was not abnormal in their native Romania, according to the local Diario de Jerez newspaper.
Spain allows marriage, where a judge deems there are exceptional circumstances, at 14 years old.

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23 comments:

  1. Wow. 10 years old. There are no words to convey my thoughts at the moment.

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  2. well this is sick like her mother

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  3. Well, the baby will have an interesting relationship with its mother if its mother is only ten years its senior.

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  4. That's a bit young, what was she thinking

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  5. I read about that today and stayed speechless :S

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  6. Is this the youngest? I heard some time ago the age was 8. Either way, this is very distressing news for humanity.

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  7. damn, who's the dad of the new baby?

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  8. that 10 year old must have been loose if she was able to give birth naturally... just sayin'

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  9. wow, so this is where all the pedos live?

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  10. Thats insane, 10? jeez, unbelievable!

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  11. i read this. I am not sure as to if this is a problem with the kids hitting puberty too soon, or a cultural problem. I don't know all the details, but they claim that the father is underage - no grantee.

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  12. Kids these days are growing too fast :P

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  13. Whoa that is crazy. Really interesting blog man. Great stuff.

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