Nigerian Teenager Gives Birth Without Being Aware Of Pregnancy (Photos)


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19-year old woman Mutiat
Abiona has given birth to a
baby girl without knowing
that she was pregnant all
through nine-month pregnancy period. She delivered the baby at Ilu
Iboro, on Lagos-Abeokuta
Expressway when she went to
visit a relative. The baby weighs
4.0kg.
According to an eyewitness, Mutiat at the relative’s place
complained of stomach pain and
before the people knew what
was happening, signs of a
baby’s impending arrival were
seen. “They quickly partitioned a side
of the house with clothes and
delivered the woman of the
baby.
She gave birth to the baby
beside the wall there. In fact, they used blade to cut the
umbilical cord,” he said.
Neighbours, who were
surprised by the development
called for a nearby doctor’s
assistance. Before the doctors’ arrival, she
was attended to by some
midwives.
“On arrival, two doctors just
cleaned up the baby. They were
from the General Hospital. I was with her when she had the baby.
They went to greet someone
there when she started having
contractions. She had a baby
boy and he weighed 4.0kg.
It was the women who live in the house that attended to her
when the contractions started,”
he said. She denied having knowledge
of the pregnancy but admitted
having a boyfriend who she
gave his name as Lekan, a 20-
year-old brick layer.
According to her, she usually met Lekan at Akeola Street on
the Expressway whenever
she visited her Aunt on
weekends.
“You can imagine, neither she
nor her Lekan boyfriend knew about the pregnancy. This is
surprising,” he said. Mutiat’s mother, who was at the
scene, corroborated her
daughter’s claim, saying they
had gone to do some tests in the
hospital and they were told that
there was nothing in her womb. “From my investigations, she
told me that she always met the
guy every weekend when she
went to her aunt’s place. She
lives with me and throughout
these last nine months, there was no sign of the pregnancy.
She still wrote the last
November/December West
African Senior Secondary
Certificate Examination (WASSCE)
. She did not know that she was
pregnant,” she said.
However, a medical doctor
Monsurah Kadri described the
incident as nothing new.
Dr Kadri said “it is not a new occurrence.”
“We do see it. It is possible that
her stomach would not bulge.
She would notice some bodily
changes but the fact that she
does not have people who are really observant would not
make her think along that line.
“When some people despite
being pregnant, still see some
blood, they may think they are
on their period but it is not. “She also did not go for ante-
natal. So, there would be no
cause to screen her. There was a
case we had when I was still in
the university.
The patient denied all the questions posed to her. It was
when her stomach was opened
up that we saw uterus bulging.
Nobody thought of pregnancy.
Her parents were worried about
her because nobody knew what was wrong. Unfortunately, they
didn’t do pregnancy test.
“Since she didn’t have older
people experience enough to
notice those subtle changes, she
could not have known. Also, being a teenager, it is common
among them. Even if she notices
that she is getting fatter, she may
be doing many things to hide it.
It is not strange,” the doctor
explained.