Thursday, July 17, 2008

The things we do for love...

A teenage girl from Argentina has given birth to female triplets - for the second time!

Pamela had her first set of female triplets aged just 15, and gave birth to the second set a year later. As she gave birth to a son when she was just 14, that means young Pamela is now a mother seven times over, all before her 17th birthday! All seven children were born prematurely but without any kind of fertility treatment. Pamela and her children currently sleep in the living room of her mother Magdalena, who supports them all by house cleaning. The father of Pamela's first son abandoned them, the father of the first set of triplets was forced out of the house by the family for beating her, and Pamela refuses to identify the father of the more recent triplets. The young girl's mother, Magdalena, requested to have her daughter's fallopian tubes tied to avoid any further pregnancies, but was denied as Argentine law prohibits the procedure to be done on minors.

While doctors say the three newborns and their mother are well, the case has sparked debate across Argentina, the BBC has reported. In bars, cafes, and newspapers, there has been widespread criticism of Pamela's alleged promiscuity. Her family already receives help from the provincial authorities, which donated land and built them a house when the first set of triplets was born. But some Argentines are arguing that perhaps what Pamela needs is not financial help but more advice on contraception. Pamela's mother says they will now have to seek more assistance from the government. The teenager will be 17 years old on Monday.

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