We often hear stories of teenagers and youngsters having children at a worryingly young age. However, none of these stories have ever come anywhere close to the story of a five-year-old Peruvian girl who, despite the seeming impossibility of such a circumstance, gave birth to her own baby.
On 23 September 1933, Lina Medina was born in Tirapo, Peru. Harrowingly, a mere five years, seven months and 21 days after her birth, she gave birth to a baby boy.
At the tender of age of five, Lina seemed to be suffering from some kind of rare illness. Or at least that’s what her family thought. Lina’s mother, Victoria Losea, and father Tiburelo Medina noticed a sudden change in their daughter’s physical appearance, namely the ever-increasing size of her abdomen.
Initially, it was thought that the child was developing a tumor. However, after careful examination, the doctor then delivered the shocking news that Lina was actually seven months pregnant.
To verify for certain whether this was the case, Lina was surveyed by various medical experts. In fact, she was even flown to the United States and examined in university scientific facilities. Although many people at the time understandably believed the story to be a hoax, it was ultimately confirmed by numerous doctors who had derived sufficient evidence from biopsies and x-rays.
Just over a month after the shocking revelation, Lina gave birth on May 14, 1939. Consequently, she also became the youngest person on record to have given birth.
(You can also learn more about the world’s oldest mother in the video below.)
On the day Lina’s baby was born, the doctors deemed it medically necessary to deliver the baby via cesarean due to her small size.