An 11-year-old girl has given birth to a baby boy in the central Philippines after a pregnancy of seven months, the government confirmed on Monday. It is the youngest known girl to have given birth in the region in recent years.
The Philippine government said the young girl was brought to a provincial hospital in Roxas City, located in Capiz province, on Saturday but was later transferred to a hospital in Iloilo province where she gave birth on Sunday.
Few details about the case were released by the government, which said the girl had been taken to a hospital in a critical condition but gave birth normally. Officials said the baby boy was born premature after a short pregnancy of just seven months.
It was not immediately known who is the father.
Earlier this month, a 10-year-old girl gave birth to a baby boy at a hospital in the city of Puebla in east-central Mexico. The baby boy weighed about 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) at the time of his birth and was in a good condition despite his premature birth after a pregnancy of nearly eight months.
And in August 2010, a 10-year-old girl gave birth to a baby boy at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center in Cotabato City, which is located on Mindanao island in the Philippines. Her 27-year-old father was later charged with incest after he admitted to having repeatedly raped his daughter.