Teen mom decides to keep child after suicide attempt

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


THE past three months have not been kind to 17-year-old Kaye (real name withheld).

She tried to commit suicide by hanging inside her house in Barangay Jagobiao, Mandaue City last March 16, after she learned that she was pregnant and saw on Facebook that her boyfriend has another girlfriend.

Her brother found her unconscious and brought her to the nearby Eversley Childs Sanitarium with the help of their neighbors. Because of her condition, she was later transferred to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City.

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Kaye said she was six months pregnant when she tried to take her life. “He lives with her (other girlfriend),” she said in Bisaya.

On May 18, Kaye gave birth to a premature baby boy. Her mother Jievelyn posted on Facebook that she is happy and thankful that Kaye had a normal childbirth.

But Kaye and her family received another blow.

Last Sunday, Kaye was berated by Fr. Christopher Romeo Obach during the baptism of her son at the Sacred Heart Chaplaincy of the Redemptorist Church in Jagobiao. The incident was captured on video and posted on Facebook.

More than 20,000 Facebook users shared the video.

Jievelyn said the priest humiliated her daughter. “If I knew we would be treated that way, we would have backed out,” she said in Bisaya.

Jievelyn said she initially thought that the priest was joking.

“When I noticed he used inappropriate words, I walked away crying,” she said. She added that she was tempted to grab Kaye but she did not want to worsen the situation by showing discourtesy to the priest.

A guest at the baptism of Kaye’s son said the priest could be heard even outside the church because he used a microphone.

Kaye said she endured the humiliation by attending to her son who was crying during the priest’s tirade.

“Mora siya’g nakasabot nga gikasab-an ko (It seemed that my son understood I was being berated),” she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 08, 2014.

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