London: A 10-year-old
Colombian girl has sparked outrage after becoming one of the
world's youngest mothers by giving birth to a healthy daughter, it
was reported here Thursday.
The girl, a member of the northern indigenous Wayuu tribe in the
La Guajira Peninsula, was 39 weeks pregnant when she underwent a
Caesarean section, the Daily Mail reported.
It was the first time the pre-teen, from the town of Manaure, had
visited a doctor in connection with her pregnancy.
She reportedly arrived at the hospital bleeding, in a flood of
tears and "enormous" pain from the contractions.
Doctors decided to carry out the risky operation because of her
age and both mother and daughter are said to be doing well.
Although Colombian police could prosecute the father for underage
sex, the country's constitution guarantees the Wayuu a certain
amount of autonomy, the Mail said.