Meet Lina Medina, the youngest mother in the world. Believe it or not, she gave birth when she was only 5 years old. Born on September 27, 1933 in Ticrapo, Peru, Lina gave birth to a baby boy via Cesarean section (C-section) in 1939, when she was 5 years, 7 months and 17 days old. And yes, her story has been confirmed true. Below is her video story.
According to history records, Lina’s parents rushed her to a hospital because her abdomen was growing fast. Initially, she was thought of having a tumor. However, her physician Dr. Gerardo Lozada discovered that she was already 8 months pregnant. For further confirmation, he brought her to Lima (Peru’s capital) and was confirmed having a baby.
Lina Medina was later found out to be in a rare condition called “precocious puberty,” where sexual organs and mammary glands have fully developed at a very young age. In the medical journal La Presse Médicale, she was said to have had her first menstruation when she was only 8 months old. However, there were other reports saying that she was around 3 years old.
There were no official records as to who the father of Lina’s baby was. At some point, her father was arrested due to suspected rape but was later released due to lack of evidence. On May 14, 1939 (which happens to be Mother’s Day), Lina gave birth to a baby boy, which weighed 2.7 kg (around 6 lbs) at birth, making her the world’s youngest mother, until now.
The baby boy was named Gerardo (named after Lina’s doctor), who initially thought that Lina is her elder sister. It was only when he was 10 years old when he learned that Lina is indeed her biological mother. And although Gerardo grew up healthy, he passed away in 1979 at the age of 40. Medina married a certain Raul and they had a son in 1972.
As years passed by, many people thought it that the 5-year old mother story is only a hoax. However, there is one particular photo taken in April 1939 showing her pregnancy at 7 months and a half. Other photos released include showing Dr. Gerardo Lozada, Lina and her baby boy Gerardo, who was then around 11 months old.
As of posting, medical experts are still studying how a 5-year old girl could get pregnant. The last news report about Lina Medina was in 2002, but she declined to be interviewed. Nevertheless, her story was confirmed true by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and is being taught in medical schools around the world.