Lina Medina – World Youngest Mother
Lina Medina became the youngest mother in the world ever after giving birth to her son at the young age of 5. Yes, you got that right, “5”.
Lina Medina was born in 1933 in Ticrapo, Peru. At the age of 5 her parents took her to a hospital when because of her strangely large abdomen. At first, doctors thought she had a tumor, however were shocked to find out she was in fact 7-months pregnant.
On Mother’s Day, May 14th, 1939, Lina gave birth to a boy at just 5 years of age; she had a caesarean section, making her youngest mother in the world in history. When the doctors performed caesarean section on her, they were rather shocked to discover that the five year old already had fully developed mature sexual organs, doctors later found she was suffering from a condition named “precocious puberty.”
The baby was born at full term in Lima’s maternity clinic, through a caesarian section operation performed by Dr. Busalleu and Lozada, operators and Dr. Colretta, anesthesiologist. Medina’s son weighed just above 6 pounds (2,700 grams) at the time of birth, he was in good health and was well formed. He was named Gerardo after his mother’s doctor. Both mother and child were discharged from the hospital after a few days of her c-section. Growing up Gerardo thought that Medina was his elder sister, but at the age of 10, he learned that she was, in reality his mother. On suspicion of child abuse, Lina’s father was taken into federal custody, but he was later released as a result of lack of evidence. Gerardo’s father remains unidentified.
Doctor Lozada conducted various comprehensive studies since the indication of the pregnancy which stirred much interest in the country; he took an x-ray of the mother and her baby and established a diagnostic of the fetal state, he observed the state of the young mother who had started menstruating at just 8 months.
Medina’s son Gerardo departed this life at age 40 in 1979 from a disease that attacked his bone marrow, however it was not clear if there was any connection between his illness and the truth that his mother had been very young at the time of his birth.
world youngest mother Medina, got married and had a second son in 1972, 33 years later than her first child. Despite the fact, that the case has been speculated as a fraud, many doctors have verified it over the years based on X-rays, biopsies and photographs taken by the doctors who took care for her.
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