They Were Sure That This 11-Year Old Was Pregnant Since She Had A Baby Bump. The Truth Was So Much Worse.
Missy aka Tizzy
On 13th January 2018
Preteen pregnancies are an incredibly rare occurrence. On average, a girl will begin to menstruate around the age of 12 years, but some girls can hit puberty early which can lead to pregnancy. The youngest girl in history to become pregnant and had early onset pregnancy was a mere five years old. However for this "pregnant" 11-year-old Australian girl, her baby bump was something way worse.
Eleven-year-old Cherish-Rose's mom just knew something was wrong when her daughter started losing weight. Concerned, she took her to a doctor for an examination. The doctor immediately sent Cherish-Rose to the Hervey Bay Hosptial in Brisbane by airplane.
Even though the young girl was losing a lot of weight, she seemed to be developing what was guessed as a baby bump. Doctors began to speculate the possibility that Cherish-Rose could be pregnant. A number of tests revealed what was really going on.
The mass growing inside of Cherish-Rose's abdomen was not a baby. Instead, it was a huge 10kg ovarian tumor. Ovarian cancer usually happens to women over the age of 40, but unfortunately, there are some women who have developed it earlier in life. Last year, a 16-year-old girl was diagnosed and was thought to be the youngest to develop the disease.
Cherish-Rose had aggressive germ-cell cancer which caused her to be in a lot of pain in the two months before her diagnosis. Her mother said that Cherish-Rose's bubbly personality had suddenly changed.
"This morning she was bright and smiling but right now she is very down," Ms. Lavelle said. "She’s not feeling great. It's going to be a long journey."