Could This Be True? Lina Medina: The 5-Year-Old Mother


Lina Vanessa Medina Medina Lopez made history back in May 1939 as the youngest mother known to man at the age of 5 years old. At first, the parents of the young Lina Medina thought their young daughter was suffering from an abdominal tumor. Her father took her to hospital after the shamans in their remote village of Ticrapo District in Peru failed to find a cure for her.

To everyone’s bewilderment, the five-year old Lina was the mother of a baby boy a little over a month later.Youngest-mother-ever

Medina herself was born on September 27, 1933 in a little village called Paurange. At the time of giving birth to her first born, Medina was five years and seven months old. Coincidentally, she delivered on Mothers’ Day of May 14, 1939. For those of us thinking far ahead, the delivery was done by caesarean. The boy child, weighing 2,700 grams, was in perfect condition and healthy. Mother and baby left the clinic after just a few days.

Those thinking of blackballing their young daughters can be on the lookout for these early warning signs. Medina began menstruating at the age of 8 months, believe it or not, breast and pubic hair started developing at the age of four years, her bone hardening was quite advanced and body proportions were a bit incredible. These are some of the signs of premature pregnancy.

The boy, named Gerardo after one of the doctors who attended to his young mother, discovered at the age of 10 that the person whom he all along took to be his bigger sister was in fact his mother. Gerardo passed away in 1979 aged 40 years from a bone marrow disease. It could not be established if there was a link to his being born by such a young mother.

Medina got married in 1972 and was blessed with a second son who currently resides in Mexico. This was 33 years after bearing the first.


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