Lina Medina lying down on the bed, while the nurse held her baby
A 5-year-old Peruvian girl has become the world’s youngest mother in medical history after giving birth to a baby boy.
Lina Medina gave birth to the baby on May 14, 1939 — a completely healthy, 2.7kg baby boy.
Born in Ticrapo, Castrovirreyna Province, Peru, to silversmith Tiburelo Medina and Victoria Losea, she was brought to a hospital by her parents at the age of five years due to increasing abdominal size.
She was originally thought to have a tumor, but doctors determined she was in her seventh month of pregnancy. Dr Gerardo Lozada took Medina to Lima to have other specialists confirm that she was pregnant.
Medina had to give birth via Caesarean because her pelvis was too small for a natural birth.
Doctors discovered that Medina’s sexual organs were completely mature, and diagnosed her with a condition called precocious puberty.
Lina Medina and her son
So who would impregnate a five-year-old? Police arrested Medina’s father because they believed he committed incest, but released him after they couldn’t find evidence.
To this day, Medina—who is still alive at 85—has never revealed the true identity of Gerardo’s father, or even talked about giving birth at age five.
Although Lina’s father was arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse, he was later released due to lack of evidence, and the biological father was never identified.
The boy grew up healthy, thinking Medina was his sister rather than his mother, but learned the truth when he was 10 years old. He died in 1979 at age 40 from a bone disease.