A 12-year-old girl who was accused of being pregnant actually was suffering from a tumor growing in her stomach, which ballooned to a massive 19 pounds.
Janet Roberts said middle schoolers at her daughter’s school in Jacksonville, Florida, began to gossip about her daughter as her stomach began to expand, and she was accused of being pregnant.
After multiple denials and negative pregnancy tests, doctors realized that it was actually a 19-pound tumor growing inside her abdomen.
“I was in shock,” Roberts told the First Coast News on Thursday about hearing reports from officials at her daughter’s school about the girl, who has not been named, looking pregnant this summer.
“To me it was a joke at first.”
The girl was bullied because other students assumed she was expecting.
“I tested her every two weeks and it was negative, then I said ‘if you’re not pregnant, something is going on here.’”
Roberts, the mother of four daughters, took the girl to the doctor and they discovered a massive tumor inhabiting the girl’s body.
Thankfully, the tumor was benign.
She was rushed to the Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville for emergency surgery to remove the growth.
“Because of her size, they had to drain two liter bottle of it before they could pull it out of her,” the mother explained.
Though the tumor has been extracted, doctors fear it could reappear.
Besides the medical concern, the bullying and emotional distress has had a negative effect on Roberts’ daughter.
“She has a hard time dealing with what happen to her. She’s writing notes about what happened and how the people treated her,” Roberts said.
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