PUEBLA, Mexico – An 11-year-old Mexican girl gave birth after a 31-week pregnancy at a hospital in the central city of Puebla, where her infant son is recovering from pneumonia, officials said.
The Puebla state Attorney General’s Office was notified and is investigating whether the young mother was the victim of sexual abuse, the director of the Hospital de la Mujer, Rogelio Gonzalez, said Tuesday.
The official said the minor entered the emergency area of the hospital on Oct. 22 with pre-term labor symptoms, including seizures and other complications that endangered her life and that of her child.
Doctors delivered the 1.5-kilo (3.3-pound) baby boy by Caesarian section and the infant remains at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, but the expectations for his recovery are as high as possible under the circumstances, Gonzalez said.
The 11-year-old girl, who lives in the rural community of San Francisco Totimehuacan, near Puebla, “comes every day with her mother to breastfeed her son every four hours and she is recovering very well from her surgery,” the hospital director said.
She was the second minor to give birth this year at that same hospital, Gonzalez said, adding that in both cases the mothers and babies survived.
The Puebla state legislature currently is debating a bill that would end jail sentences for women who elect to have an abortion for any reason.
Abortion is a criminal offense in Puebla and women found guilty of deliberately terminating their pregnancy – with the lone exception of victims of sexual abuse – face fines and prison time. EFE