Monday, January 22, 2018

Medical complications for 13-year-old pregnant after being raped

The 13-year-old girl who is six-months pregnant after being raped, is being closely monitored by doctors. She has been deemed high risk as her uterus (womb) is not fully developed to hold a fetus, her mother was told.

"We started going to the clinic and the doctors are very concerned about her. They said her womb is not developed enough to hold a baby, so she has to get special treatment. We are going to the clinic regularly to make sure everything is good with her and the baby," the mother of eight said.

The primary school pupil, who turned 13 years old last November, has stopped attending school and remains locked inside her bedroom. The petite girl became pregnant when she was allegedly raped by a man she knew.

The girl said she has been instructed to eat healthy and exercise regularly. And she has been singing to her unborn baby.

But the young mother-to-be is aware that she cannot care for the little boy and is willing to give him up for adoption.

The girl's mother said, "I go to bed every night with a heavy heart. I cannot understand why my family has to go through all this hard times. I survive on disability grant and public assistance."

She said her once happy daughter has become distant and sad. "She loved playing outside and going to school. Now she cannot even walk out the house because she don't want the neighbours to see her. She can't play with her friends. When the little sister comes home from school she will run to her and ask what her friends said today. I want my child to be able to go back to school and have a normal life again. That is why we must give up this baby but we will make sure it is a good family," the mother said.

A Ministry of the People counsellor visited the family and spoke with the pregnant girl and her mother.

"We have an appointment with the counsellor next month. Apart from that no one has really stepped up to help. We are trying to make out with what we have. She has to get everything like maternity clothes, underwear, slippers. I am trying to make her comfortable, but there is only so much I can do with the little money I have," she said.

The mother said several couple have offered to adopt the baby when her daughter gives birth. "But we are looking for a good family who will take care of the baby. We have received many offers," she said.

Richard Mohammed, 23, was refused bail when he appeared in the Princes Town Magistrates Court last month. He was charged with raping the 12-year-old girl and committing an act of grievous sexual assault.