Teenage pregnancy is one of the most common problems that youngsters face. Many adults would think that they are still too young for this huge responsibility. If we think that a 14 or a 15-year-old girl is too young to get pregnant and have a baby, it might be a surprise for you to know that the youngest mother that was ever recorded in medical history was a 5-year old girl!
This is Lina Medina or Lina Marcela Medina de Jurado who gave birth to a baby boy in 1939. She was only a child herself when her parents brought her to the local hospital in Pisco, Peru. They were concerned that Lina might be suffering from a very huge tumor in her stomach because of her enlarging abdomen.
When the doctors check her, the parents were shocked to learn that she did not have a tumor, but she was seven months pregnant! She was brought to other hospitals to consult other specialists only to be told that she was indeed pregnant.
She gave birth to a baby boy by cesarean section on May 14, 1939, and she named him, Gerardo and she was only 5 years, 7 months, and 21 days old. According to the doctors, Lina’s pregnancy was possible because she was born with a very rare condition called “precocious puberty.”
This is a condition when a child’s body starts to change into that of an adult sooner than it should be. This is caused when the pituitary gland is prompted to produce hormones called the gonadotropins which stimulates the testicles or the ovaries to make testosterone and estrogen. These sex hormones cause puberty. Usually, the girls with precocious puberty would start to go through puberty at the age of 8 and 9 in boys.
Most girls start to menstruate when they are 10 to 15 years old but every girl’s body has their own schedule. There’s no right age for a girl to get period but there are clues that menstruation will start soon. Lina experienced her first menstrual cycle when she was just between 2 and 3 years old. When she was five, she already had fully developed breasts, her pelvis was widening, and she also has advanced bone maturation.
Since Lina was so young when she got pregnant, people were immediately suspicious of sexual abuse. Her father was arrested because he was suspected of raping Lina and having an incest relationship with his daughter. Since there was a lack of evidence, he was eventually released.
Some individuals believe that she might have been present during one of the indigenous festivities celebrated in the Andean Villages. These festivities usually end in orgies and during these times, rape is not uncommon.
78 years later, Lina has still never revealed who the father of Gerardo was. She doesn’t even talk about her pregnancy. Lina is now 83 years old and many have tried to interview or speak with her about her early pregnancy but she still refuses to reveal the truth about her past.
Some people believe that she might not actually know herself. Others speculated that her pregnancy was a hoax but numerous doctors have verified that her early pregnancy was true based on biopsies, X-rays of the fetal skeleton while she was pregnant, and the pictures taken by the doctors.