The girl was 39 weeks pregnant when she underwent a Caesarean section. Most pregnancies are 38 weeks.
It was the first time the pre-teen 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 C-section because of her age. Today, both mother and daughter, who weighed at just 5lbs, are said to be “doing well.” This is despite the mother refusing to breastfeed her newborn.
Although Colombian police could prosecute the father for underage sex, the country’s constitution guarantees that certain tribes, including the one this 10-year-old girl is from, have a certain amount of autonomy. It allows the tribe to maintain its own sovereignty and certain cultural heritages.
In any case the community has remained tight-lipped as to the identity of the father, with some speculating it is a 30-year-old man.
The case has led to criticism from the director of the hospital where she gave birth, “At a time when (the girls) should be playing with dolls, they go to having to take care of a baby. It’s shocking.”