Friday, February 22, 2008

Disbelief

This from the BBC this morning:

For the second time in two years, an Argentine teenager has given birth to female triplets, BBC News reports.

The 16-year-old, who goes only by the name of Pamela, first gave birth to triplets at the age of 15.

Pamela, who lives in Leones in the central Argentine province of Cordoba, also gave birth to a son two years ago. All seven children were born prematurely, and the mother did not use fertility treatments, the report said. The chances of giving birth to triplets once are more than 8,000 to 1, according the report.

Provincial authorities donated land and built a house for Pamela’s family when the first set of triplets were born. Pamela’s mother plans to ask the government for more assistance.

So, if I'm reading this correctly, Pamela first gave birth at age 14 to a son, at age 15 to triplet daughters, and at age 16 to another set of triplet daughters.

Folks, that makes this child the mother of SEVEN BABIES.

The government has donated land and built a house for this girl, and now her mother is planning to ask for MORE???

I don't know whether I'm more appalled by Pamela's actions or by her mother's. This family definitely needs help, but it's NOT in the form of government assistance.

1 comment:

♥Lisa♥ said...

world wide, cultures are so very different. It may be the norm to have children that young and what hit the news was that she had triplets twice. Here in America we know the emotional and physical effect that it would bring. not all to long ago it was ok in America to have children young. My mom was married at 14 had two kids by 16(planned pregnancies). To this day my mom cant believe her parents ok'd her to marry. the marriage didnt last and im sure it was definitly due to their ages and starting a family so young.
At 33 i def couldnt imagine a singleton and two set a triplets like that. Just hook me up to a coffee IV drip 24/7