As we reported yesterday, a 9-year-old girl in Mexico gave birth in Zoquipan Hospital, in western Mexico over the weekend.
News reports today indicate that she has been sterilized by doctors and will no longer be able to conceive children for the rest of her life. Doctors went against family wishes when they performed the operation.
Dafne, the mother, was eight years old when she became pregnant, but did not know she was expecting until she was 7 months along.
It is still undetermined who the father of the newborn is. Authorities originally suspected her boyfriend, who is believe to be between 15 and 17 and fled two months ago when the mother to be refused to move in with him.
Doctors were performing DNA tests on all of Dafne's male family members in order to determine who the actual father is, amongst allegations that her step-father may have physically and sexually abused the new mother.
As we mentioned in our report yesterday, one of the more extreme cases of children becoming pregnant was of Lina Medina who, on May 14, 1939, gave birth at the age of 5 years and 7 months. Unlike Dafne, she was not sterilized and doctors took great care to document the pregnancy and birth. Because such DNA testing did not exist at the time and there was no evidence, the father of her child was never discovered.
Ms. Medina eventually became married and had a second child in 1972.
With the current situation we have to ask, was it right for the doctors to perform a sterilization procedure? Yes there is a chance the child could become pregnant again, but doctors took away a piece of her humanity.
If she was sexually abused why should she have to live the rest of her life with the mental scars and a permanent disability that the doctors had forcibly performed upon her?
The doctors punished the victim in this case and there is sure to be public outcry.