Friday, February 05, 2010
11-year-old Girl Gives Birth To a Baby Boy
Just 3 days after we reported on a 9-year-old Chinese girl who gave birth, an 11-year-old girl in the Northeast has given birth to a 5lb baby boy.
While few details are available in order to protect this young girl's privacy, the family released a statement saying,
"My daughter and (her) baby are fine, and the baby is absolutely beautiful."Many in the medical community are concerned about about this young girl for good reason. Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan, a leading high-risk obstetrician weighed in on the situation saying a pre-teen whose body is not yet built to carry a child.
"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."
While speaking with FOX News Dr. Al-Khan said other medical challenges facing a pregnant girl as young as 10 or 11 include:
The whole thing just makes me sad.