Articles | Meet Lina, The Youngest Mother To Give Birth At The Age Of 5...Her Story Will Shock You

Meet Lina, The Youngest Mother To Give Birth At The Age Of 5...Her Story Will Shock You

Lina Medina stands alongside one of the doctors and a pram with baby Gerardo in it after giving birth

The story has been told of the youngest person ever on the planet to have ever given birth at the mere age of 5. 

Lina Medina became pregnant at the age of 5

Lina Medina, a girl who was only five years old has entered history books as the youngest ever to give birth.

According to The Sun UK, when Lina's stomach began growing, doctors were certain she was suffering from a large tumour – she was only five years old, after all.

 

Lina Medina then and now

But after running tests they found she was seven months pregnant and weeks later she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

And almost 80 years on, Lina is still the youngest person in the world to have ever given birth.

Five-year-old Lina Medina cradles her baby shortly after giving birth in Peru in 1939

She was born in a small village in the Andes in Peru to a poor family in 1933.

At the age of five, her mother noticed her growing abdomen after she complained about having stomach pains.

Lina stands alongside one of the doctors and a pram with baby Gerardo in it after giving birth

Just weeks later on May 14, 1939, she gave birth to a baby boy by a Caesaerean as her young pelvis was deemed to small for a natural birth.

Her baby was born a healthy 6lbs and the infant was named Gerardo in honour of the doctor who delivered him.

Lina sits alongside her pet dog and her son, Gerardo, who she gave birth to at the age of five

When Gerardo was born , the doctor discovered that despite being five years old, she had mature sexual organs and suffered from a a condition called precocious puberty.

It was believed her father had committed incest with his daughter and he was arrested.

Lina as on older child with her toddler son in the years after she gave birth aged just five

But he was later released by police due to a lack of evidence and to this day the true identity of the father has never been revealed.

Growing up, Gerardo always believed Lina was his sister but at the age of ten was told she was his mother.

Gerardo grew up healthy but died at the age of 40 in 1979 after suffering from a bone disease.

Lina as an adult in 1969 making her way into an office where she worked in Peru

Lina – who has never spoken about the pregnancy – is still alive aged 85. She married husband Raul in the 1970s, later giving birth to her second son.

Her case has often been thought of as a hoax, but doctors say they have x-rays and biopsies that prove she really was pregnant.

By Patrick Ansah 10/02/2017 08:23:00
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