The Youngest Mother Ever

There are always some kinds of records that you just can’t believe. These cases are outside the borders of rational thinking. The youngest mother was a 5 year old Peruvian girl. I thought it’s just an other urban legend, but the images and the sources persuaded me. A five year old girl is not matured enough to give birth to a child. The absence of puberty, menstrual cycle, proper development of the uterus makes it impossible, but:

Her name was Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl from the Andean village of Ticrapo… Lina’s parents initially thought their daughter had a large abdominal tumor… but Lina was eventually transferred to a hospital in Lima, where she delivered a six-pound baby boy by Cesarean section on 14 May 1939. Lina’s father was temporarily jailed on suspicion of incest, but he was released for a lack of evidence and authorities were never ableto determine who fathered Lina’s child.

By the way, the answers are here: her doctors were stunned as she had been having regular periods since the age of three. According to her doctor, Escomel, she had an extraordinary hormonal disorder of the pituitary gland.

Jose Sandoval, an obstetrician who took an interest in Lina Medina’s case and authored a book about her in 2002 said that Lina was a psychologically normal child, that she displayed no other unusual medical symptoms, and that she preferred playing with dolls rather than her own child.

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Image source: Snopes.com

If you still can’t believe it, take a look at the original article with the images and sources.

Here is an interesting story from Shel’s comment:

Actually, Gerardo (named for the attending doctor) lived to think that his mother was his sister until he was 10 when he raised the question after being teased by other children at school. He lived to the age of 40, when he died of a bone marrow disease that was completely unrelated to the early pregnancy or an x-ray that proved she was in fact pregnant. His reported birth weight after being delivered by C-section at full term was 6 lbs and he lived a completely healthy life until the bone disease occurred.Lina herself went on to marry and had a second child a full 33 years later, producing another healthy baby boy.

On another matter, people need to quit assuming that it was the father. Although he is the most probable suspect, he is not the only man that lived in the immediate area of Lina with the capability of having sex with her.

To bfab, she was completely developed in a reproductive sense. She had been having REGULAR periods since she was 3, having started at an astounding 8 months old. She had fully developed breasts, the whole nine yards. Although she was still emotionally and physically still of natural size for a 5 year old, she was reproductively a fully matured woman. This can also affect the fact that she was “molested” since on a completely subconcious, instinctual level, she was available to reproduce and most likely had a physical sex drive of her own.