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Ten-year-old girl gives birth in Colombia

The girl delivered a healthy baby daughter after arriving at hospital suffering contractions.

Image: UnivisionNoticias via YouTube

A GIRL AGED just 10 has given birth to a healthy baby in Colombia.

The girl, who has not been named, had her daughter delivered by Caesarean section after arriving at hospital suffering contractions and bleeding, and reportedly in tears.

The baby weighed 5lb and both mother and child were said to be doing well after the procedure, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The mother, a member of the Wayuu tribe in the north of the South American country, was 39 weeks pregnant when she arrived at hospital.

Pacheco Casadiego, a doctor at the hospital where the birth took place, said it was not the first case staff had seen. He told RCN Radio:

It’s striking that there have already been several cases of of ethnic Wayuu girls having babies. In reality, they should be playing with dolls.

The girl will be one of the globe’s youngest mothers. The youngest human ever recorded as giving birth was Peruvian girl Lina Medina, who had a baby boy when aged just five in 1938.

Spanish-language current affairs show Primer Impacto reported on the birth. You can watch the report here:


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