10-year-old gives birth

MANAURE, Colombia, April 8 (UPI) -- A 10-year-old Colombian girl gave birth to a healthy baby girl, doctors said.

The mother, only identified as a young girl from Manaure, delivered her daughter, who weighed 5 pounds, by Caesarean section, ABC News reported Friday.


"The baby's head needs to come through a bony outlet. But in a young girl, the pelvis may not be ready or big enough to deliver a baby," said Dr. Kimberly Gecsi, an OB/GYN at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland.

Doctors said the girl is from a member of the Wayuu people, an indigenous tribe in northern Colombia. The age of the father is unknown.

"We've already seen several cases [of pregnancy] in girls of the Wayuu ethnicity," said Efrain Pacheco Casadiego, director of the hospital where the girl gave birth. "When in fact [the girls] should be playing with dolls, they are having to care for a baby. This is shocking."

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