The mother of the 13-year-old girl who reportedly became pregnant to a 10-year-old boy has revealed she has terminal cancer.
But the mum says she is determined to overcome it in order to be there for her pregnant daughter.
The schoolgirl mum, who lives in the Siberian closed town of Zheleznogorsk in the south-central Russian region of Krasnoyarsk Krai, attends seventh grade while the 10-year-old who is reportedly the boyfriend and father of her child is still in fourth grade.
Her mother, Elena, is seriously ill with cancer, but she did not say what type and said she found out about the pregnancy by chance.
“Initially, we thought she had food poisoning, but slowly we started to realise that whatever was happening had nothing to do with her belly. We then bought a pregnancy test and it showed up positive,” she said.
Elena said she never considered making her teen daughter, Daria, have an abortion despite her own circumstances, adding she would be concerned she would not be able to have children in later life as can sometimes happen.
The mum also added that despite her terminal-stage cancer, she plans to stay around as long as possible in order to take care of the baby in the future.
“Now I have a reason to live,” she added.
After the story was widely covered by the media, the young parents said it had become difficult for them to venture out in public.
“People call me a whore and accuse me of sleeping with everyone around,” the 13-year-old mum-to-be said.
Boy, 10, not sexually mature, tests show
Meanwhile, a doctor conducted tests of the 10-year-old ‘father’ and concluded he is too sexually immature to produce sperm, sparking rumours the pregnant teen had other partners around the same time.
“We rechecked the laboratory results three times so there cannot be any mistake. There cannot be sperm cells. He is still a child," Dr Evgeny Grekov, a urology and andrology expert, said.
The boy’s mother, Galina, is convinced her son is telling the truth.
“I believe... my son, that he is the father. I understand that he himself maybe doesn't realise what happened,” she said.
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