Homeless Nigerian girl in coma after birthing baby boy

A young Nigerian girl is battling for her life after giving birth to a baby boy.

Grace Otu (last name changed for privacy reasons) was abused and impregnated at the age of 12, Child’s Right And Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) said on Thursday.

Grace Otu is from Mkpat Enin, Akwa Ibom State.

She “dropped out of school and gave birth to her first child at the age of 13. The stresse and trauma she endured made her to become mentally challenged.

“Even though her parents showed some form of love towards her, the stigma and psychiatric condition couldn’t let them keep her.

“She roamed the streets with her one-year-old child and was frequently violated by men she cannot even remember.

“In one of the cases, it was horrible and dire so she was rescued to the CRARN Children Centre where she currently receives support and medical care.

“Today (Thursday), she gave birth to a sweet baby girl at the General Hospital, Eket. She is in a critical condition and in a state of coma. We hope that she’ll be fine in no time.

“Unfortunately too and for some medical conditioning which we cannot disclose, the doctors have advised that she shall not be breastfeeding her child,” CRARN said.

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