They Were Sure That This 11-Year Old Was Pregnant Since She Had A Baby Bump. The Truth Was So Much Worse.
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."
Originally, Ms. Lavelle had worried that Cherish-Rose might have an eating disorder. "This is something I want parents to be aware of as I thought she was suffering an eating disorder from being bullied for being overweight," she said. "She suddenly lost 14-15kg and I started to demand food into her because I was frightened and then when the pain started in her belly and back I was clueless."
Because of her diagnosis, Cherish-Rose will spend the next couple of months in the hospital while she undergoes chemo and surgery to remove the 10kg mass from her ovaries. However, her prognosis for recovery is good.
"Now I’ve been told that it is curable I am so relieved," Ms. Lavelle said. "Now my life has changed nothing else matters at all."
Breast Cancer At Eight-Years-Old
As if Cherish-Rose's story was not shocking enough, here is a story about an even younger girl who was diagnosed with breast cancer at just eight-years-old. Chrissy Turner from Utah found a lump on her chest. She did not tell anyone because she did not want to worry her parents. She hoped it would just go away on its own. When that did not happen, she finally told her mom about it. Since Annette and Chrissy's father Troy had both suffered from cancer in the past, they took Chrissy straight to her doctor.
Youngest girl in the world with breast cancer
Because of her young age, it took some time for them to come up with a diagnosis. It was the third doctor that she was seen by that confirmed that she had breast cancer. She would be the youngest in the world to ever be diagnosed with it.
A month after her diagnosis, Chrissy had surgery to remove the lump to prevent it from spreading to the rest of her body. She had a mastectomy before she even had a chance to start puberty. After the surgery, she was told that she was cancer-free. Her mother now worries about how having a mastectomy before hitting puberty will affect Chrissy later in life. Because of this, she is set to have breast reconstruction surgery, if she wants it, later on in her teens. We wish both of these brave little girls the best for the rest of their lives.