Life is full of mysteries, so when we hear tales of things that are humanly impossible, they leave us wondering if such stories ever happened. Well if you’ve never believed any of these stories, what then will you say about the 5 years old who gave birth to a baby? That’s true, Lina Medina is her name, a Peruvian young woman living in Lima, the capital of Peru. She became the youngest confirmed mother in medical history,
Lina was born in September 27, 1933 to silversmith Tiburelo Medina and Victoria Losea in Ticrapo, Peru. On the day of her birth, Lina was said to be born with a sign of puberty at her earlier age called ‘precocious puberty’. This kind of puberty isn’t peculiar to medical history and has been documented, but it was the first of its kind to be experienced it with someone as young as Lina.
At birth, doctors discovered she already had fully mature sexual organs. In fact, at just eight months, Lina experienced her first menstrual flow and by age 5, Lina was presumed to have a large tumor in her stomach as she complained of a disturbing stomach. But to the dismay of both her parents and the doctor in charge- Dr. Gerardo Lozada, Lina was eight months pregnant with a child weighing 2.7kg. Geraldo who thought it impossible for a child like Lina to be pregnant, took her to be examined by other doctors in a more advanced hospital. The diagnosis was confirmed.
While examining her, the doctors discovered the abnormal progress of growth Lina was going through – by age 4, Lina has developed breasts, and while at age of 5, body displayed pelvic widening and advanced bone maturation. On May 14, 1939, when Lina was 5 years, 7 months and 21 days, she gave birth to a baby boy through a cesarean section as her pelvis was just too small to go through a natural childbirth. The surgery was performed by Lozada and Dr. Busalleu, with Dr. Colareta providing anaesthesia. during the caesarean section, they discovered she already had fully mature sexual organs from precocious puberty. Lina’s son was named Geraldo in honor of the doctor who took care of her.
When Lina was discovered to be pregnant, people suspected sexual assault and immediately, her father Tiburelo Medina was arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse, but was later on released due to lack of evidence. Lina on her own part couldn’t recall what led to her pregnancy neither could she say exactly who the father of her son Geraldo was. That not withstanding, Gerardo was raised believing that Medina was his sister, but found out at the age of 10 that she was his mother
All through his early years, he was taken care of by Lina’s parents and Dr. Lozada who put him through school alongside his mother. As an adult, Lina worked as a secretary in Lozada’s Lima Clinic. She later married Raúl Jurado, who fathered her second son in 1972 and they lived in a district of Lima known as “Chicago Chico” It was surprising how Lina’s son, Geraldo grew up in good health until he was 40 years when he developed a bone marrow disease, which led to his death at age in 1979. Nothing has recently been said about Lina Medina especially as she has refused any form of interview with the press.