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World's Youngest Mother  

Posted by Shirley Twofeathers in ,

Lina Medina (born September 27, 1933 in Paurange, Peru gave birth at the age of 5 years, 7 months and 21 days and is the youngest confirmed mother in medical history. This world record is closely followed by a similar case in Russia.

Lina was brought to a hospital by her parents at the age of 5 years because of increasing abdominal size. She was originally thought to have had a tumor, but her doctors determined she was in the seventh month of pregnancy. Dr. Gerardo Lozada took her to Lima, the capital of Peru, prior to the surgery to have other specialists confirm that Lina was in fact pregnant. A month and a half later, on May 14, 1939, she gave birth to a boy by a caesarean section necessitated by her small pelvis. The surgery was performed by Dr. Lozada and Dr. Busalleu, with Dr. Colretta providing anaesthesia. Her case was reported in detail by Dr. Edmundo Escomel to La Presse Medicale, along with the additional details that her menarche had occurred at 8 months of age, and prominent breast development by 4 years. By age 5 her figure displayed pelvic widening and advanced bone maturation.

Her son weighed 2.7 kg (5.8 lb) at birth and was named Gerardo after her doctor. Gerardo was raised believing that Lina was his sister, but found out that she was his mother at the age of ten. He grew up healthy but died in 1979 at the age of 40 of a disease of the bone marrow.

There was never evidence that Lina Medina's pregnancy occurred in any but the usual way, but she never revealed the father of the child, nor the circumstances of her impregnation. Dr. Escomel suggested she might not actually know herself by writing that Lina "couldn't give precise responses." Lina's father was arrested on suspicion of rape and incest, but was later released due to lack of evidence. Medina later married Raúl Jurado, who fathered her second son in 1972. They live in a poor district of Lima known as Chicago Chico ("Little Chicago"). She refused an interview with Reuters in 2002.

There are two published photographs documenting the case. The first one was taken around the beginning of April, 1939, when Medina was seven and a half months into pregnancy. Taken from Medina's left side, it shows her standing naked in front of an inconclusive backdrop (either the side wall of a house with the sun shining on her, or a light-diffusing blanket in a room with an overhead light pointed toward the front of her body). This is the only published photograph of Lina taken during her pregnancy. This photograph is of significant value because it proves Medina's pregnancy as well as the extent of her physiological development. However, this photograph is not widely known outside medical circles. The other photograph is of far greater clarity and was taken a year later in Lima when Gerardo was eleven months old.

Although the case was called a hoax by some, a number of doctors over the years have verified it based on biopsies, X rays of the fetal skeleton in utero, and photographs taken by the doctors caring for her. Extreme degrees of precocious puberty in children under 5 are very uncommon but not unheard of. Pregnancy and delivery by a child this young remains extremely rare because extremely precocious puberty is treated to suppress fertility, preserve growth potential, and reduce the social consequences of full sexual development in childhood, and because termination of such pregnancy is more widely available now than in the early 20th century.


i am rather shocked and surprised that this young girl had her first period at 8 months old. this is very shocking but i cannot help but to believe it. most people would believe this is a hoax of course because of the fact that this has never happened before or that they are used to the crap that hollywood produces and posts on television. i cannot help but wonder who the father is but apparently it is in her best interests that she not reveal who the father is. i am very intrigued by this story and hope that by before her death she shall share with us who the father is and what her experience was like carrying a child at five years old. and also what it felt like having her menstrual cycle way before she was due. i am deeply saddened by the fact that she lost her son but alas it was his time to go. unfortunately he might have known who his father was but that is a secret that went with him to his grave. this story is remarkable !!! and i hope she will live to mention who the father was to the world even if this means she will announce it on her death bed because curious minds would like to know. i hope for the best with her new husband as i cannot describe what this story has taught me. it is simply too much for words. farewell to all who have read this comment as i have to depart in order to continue with my chores. goodbye!!!!!

It's obvious the father committed incest on his own child. He should have been in prison for the rest of his life. This is an unspeakable crime against his own child, and the fact that the little girl had to cover up for her father (and probably mother, who must have known about it)
is even more heinous. Unfortunately, there is no punishment waiting for the father, either here or the hereafter...

This saddens my heart to the fullest maybe because I have a friend who I have recently found out that she is expecting and I didn't even find out through her which hurts me the most and me and her boyfriend kinda had a thing and for this to blow me in the face like that!!! :/ life is sad for me right now?! And she's like 5 months younger then me...I'm 16 years old... :,,(

I am amazed by this.a friend told me about it.

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