“My mom is going to kill me!” 17 and pregnant, Mery Helene felt she had no other option than to “take the pill” and end her pregnancy. But it didn’t go like she planned – here is her story. Click here for part two.
Mery Helene’s pregnancy came as a shock.
“So when I found out [I was pregnant], I couldn’t have the baby because I was so young – I was seventeen. And I’m like ‘my mom is going to kill me,’ because it’s hard expecting your child at seventeen to have a kid. So I’m just like, ‘I can’t have the baby, so I’m going to have to do an abortion.’
“My mom told me that she was talking with my aunt, and they said that she needed to talk to me as soon as possible. She thought that time was the time. So she called me in the room and she is like, “We know you’re pregnant.”
And I’m like “Oh my gosh…” I was just so scared. And you can see my aunt crying. And she said, “Well, I don’t know, what are you thinking of doing?” I’m like, “Well it’s too late already. I drank it.” And she’s like, “What do you mean it’s too late?” And I said, “I drank the pill, so the baby is probably in the process of, you know, having an abortion.”
My aunt said, “What pill did you drink?” I gave it to her. I had the wrapper in my pocket, so I gave it to her. And she searched it up in Google and she said, “Oh my gosh, you are so crazy. Why would you drink this pill?” They use it for abortion but it’s actually for gastritis. So she’s like “Oh my gosh, you need to go to the doctors.”
The principal had given my mom a gynecologist’s number, so she called the gynecologist. They’re like, “You need to bring her in to emergency. You need to bring her in.” And I was having pain. I turned pale and I was fainting.
So I got dressed and we went to the Emergency, and the doctor talked to me as a father. He said, “Why would you plan on having an abortion. How would you feel if your mom would have done that to you?” I’m like, “I would have felt awful.” He’s like, “The same thing with the baby. I know you’re young and stuff, but you guys need to learn that when you do something that you’re not supposed to, you have to face consequences.” And I felt so bad, and I’m like, “Oh my gosh…”
They put me on the bed and they checked the heartbeat. And when I heard her heartbeat, I started crying so much because I didn’t know that she was still there. So when the doctor referred for an ultrasound the next day, I went and I got checked out. And he said, “Well, we’re all wrong.” And I thought, “Oh my gosh, I have a tumour!” And he said, “This baby is four months and a half! It’s almost five months!” And I said, “Oh, so what is it?” “It’s a girl!” I was so happy to know that it was a girl because my dream was always to have a girl.
Special thanks to Toyin Dada and Samuel Robertson of The Love Movement for permission to use this music.