This Girl Was Five Years Old When She Gave Birth — No, Really

If you were asked to guess how old the youngest mother in the world was, you might say as low as 10 or 11.


But what if I told you that it’s actually possible to get pregnant at a much earlier age? It seems totally unbelievable, but shockingly enough, it’s true. In 1939, a five-year-old Peruvian girl named Lina Medina gave birth to a baby boy.

When Lina was five, she started complaining about having stomach pains. Her mother noticed her growing belly and took her to doctors, who thought she had a tumor. But after running tests, they were astounded to discover that she was seven months pregnant.

Her son was born just a few weeks later via cesarean section, as her pelvis was much too small to consider the alternative. She and her family named the baby Gerardo after the doctor who delivered him.

During the birth, doctors realized that Lina had a condition called precocious puberty, which causes puberty to happen at an unusually early age.

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People believed that Lina’s father was the one who got her pregnant. He was arrested, but later released due to lack of evidence. The actual father’s identity is still unknown.

Gerardo was under the impression that Lina was his sister until her family told him the truth when he turned 10. He lived to be 40 years old and died from a bone disease.

Lina got married in the 1970s and had a second son. She’s still alive today at the age of 85, but reportedly won’t talk about her first child. Be sure to share this story if you simply cannot believe that she became a mother so young.

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