10-year-old Romanian girl gives birth in Spain

November 3rd, 2010 - 12:06 am ICT by BNO News  

MADRID, SPAIN (BNO NEWS) — A 10-year-old girl from Romania gave birth at a hospital in southern Spain, local media reported on Tuesday.

Doctors from a hospital in Jerez decided to place the baby in the “minimum care” service in order to prepare for any complications given the age of the mother, who gave birth without a cesarean section. The baby reportedly weighed 2.9 kilograms (6.4 pounds).

However, doctors discharged both the girl and her newborn from the hospital and have already left. Doctors said they were in perfect physical conditions but the mom and newborn remain unidentified at the request of Spain’s Ministry of Health due to the age of the mother.

Local social services are following the case after “shocked” medical and hospital staff reported the incident, but the young mother did not seem to be disturbed by her pregnancy. One unnamed staff member of the hospital told local media that she seemed satisfied and mentioned to be living with her boyfriend in Romania.

According to Spain’s Statistics Institute, 177 girls under the age of 15 gave birth in the country in 2008 - the latest year with this data - 48 of them in Andalucia.

Earlier this year, in August, an eleven-year old Mayan girl gave birth in southern Mexico after she was denied an abortion even though she was raped by her stepfather when she was 10 years old.

The local Justice Department denied the abortion due to the fact that the girl was already in the fourth month of pregnancy and local laws do not allow abortions after the third month.

Police officers arrested Isaac Santiago Martínez for allegedly raping her in the indigenous village of La Rovirosa in Quintana Roo, southern Mexico.

So far, the youngest confirmed mother is Lina Medina who gave birth in Peru in 1939 to a boy at the tender age of just five. Despite investigations, it was not possible to determine who the father was and how the boy was conceived.

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