11 year old thought to be pregnant actually carried a 20 pound abdominal tumor
POSTED: Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 2:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Janet Roberts said she has lived by a rule learned from her mother.
"Our mom always told us never judge a book by its cover," said Roberts, "and see what she meant with this situation that happened with my daughter."
Roberts said her 11-year-old was the target of a wicked rumor in school.
"I did not know. I was the last one to find out," she said.
She said she found out when the school called her in for a meeting and told her the rumor around the school is her 11-year-old is pregnant.
"I was shock," she said, "To me it was a joke at first.
Roberts said she tried to squash it because her daughter felt she was being bullied or harassed, but she noticed the child had an extended stomach and wanted to be sure.
"The tests were negative," said Roberts.
But the mother of four noticed her daughters stomach continued to grow.
"I tested her every two weeks and it was negative," she said, "then I said 'if you're not pregnant something is going on here.'"
In August 2012, she had just turned 12 and it was three months after the rumors began. Roberts said her child looked like she was five months pregnant, so they took her to another doctor. It it turned out to be a tumor growing in her body.
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