Wow! A 10-year-old Colombian girl has sparked outrage after becoming one
of the world’s youngest ever mothers by giving birth to a healthy
The girl, a member of an indigenous tribe called the Wayuu who are
based in the La Guajira Peninsula in the north of the country, was 39
weeks pregnant when she underwent a Caesarean section. Most pregnancies
are 38 weeks.
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 floods 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, who weighed just 5lbs, are said to be
This is despite the mother refusing to breastfeed her newborn and the
pair being confined to the neo-natal unit of the hospital, which has
not been disclosed.
Although Colombian police could prosecute the father for underage
sex, the country’s constitution guarantees the Wayuu a certain amount of
It allows the tribe to maintain its own sovereignty and certain
cultural heritages, of which one is said to be the giving birth of
children at an extremely young age.