Sunday, August 15, 2010

11-year-old girl gives birth in Northeastern hospital

An 11-year-old girl gave birth to a baby boy somewhere in the Northeast, the girl’s family reported to Fox News.

Details about the family and their location were withheld due to the girl’s shockingly young age, but the girl’s mother made a creepily blase statement about her daughter’s ordeal:

“My daughter and (her) baby are fine, and the baby is absolutely beautiful,” said the mother of the 11-year-old girl.

The unnamed girl isn’t the only one in the news for having a child while still a child this week- a nine-year-old Chinese girl delivered a baby by c-section this week in Changchun. Pregnancy at such a young age is extremely risky, and children of that age are rarely at a proper developmental stage to physically handle the condition without complications. A national expert on high risk pregnancy, Abdullah Al-Khan, spoke to Fox about the risks to which the girl was exposed:

“Her body is clearly not defined for pregnancy with its short stature,” Al-Khan said. “Her chest is not extensively developed for breast tissue, her bones aren’t quite fused, and once you expose a child this young to high amounts of progesterone and especially estrogen, there is (a possibility) that it could halt her growth.”

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