10-year-old girl gives birth in Colombia

A 10-year-old girl in Colombia has given birth to a healthy baby girl.

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The girl, a member of the remote Colombian Wayuu tribe in the country's north, underwent a caesarian section at 39 weeks.

The Daily Mail reports the first time the child saw a doctor during her pregnancy was on the day she gave birth.

The girl reportedly arrived at the doctor in 'enormous pain' and floods of tears.

Both mother and daughter are said to be doing well after the operation, but remain in the neo-natal section of a Colombian hospital.

The traumatic birth raises serious legal questions about laws which allow indigenous tribes to maintain some autonomy from national laws in Colombia.

Colombian law dictates that indigenous tribes can maintain sovereignty and some cultural traditions, which in the case of the Wayuu people, includes giving birth at a young age.

The tribe has closed ranks around the young family by refusing to identify the child's father.

Local media has reported the father could be aged anywhere between 15 and 30.

Doctors at the hospital where the young girl gave birth are outraged.

"We've already seen similar cases of Wayuu girls", one doctor told The Daily Mail.

"At a time when (the girls) should be playing with dolls, they go to having to take care of a baby. It's shocking."

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