Meet the world's youngest mother, who gave birth at the age of five and a half years.
He was born in 1939 to Lina Medina and his parents in perfect health. She was just five years old at the time of the incident.
Born in Ticrapo, a town in the Castrovirreyna Province of Peru, Tiburelo Medina and Victoria Losea were silversmiths who raised their children. When her parents noticed that her stomach was getting bigger, they took her to the hospital. Initially, she was diagnosed with a tumor, but physicians later confirmed that she was seven months pregnant. She was sent to Lima to have additional doctors confirm that Medina was pregnant by Dr Gerardo Lozada.
Lina Medina, a five-year-old when she become pregnant at the age of four and a half. At the age of five years, seven months, and twenty-one days, Medina gave birth to a child via caesarean section on May 14, 1939, a full month and a half after her initial diagnosis. In honor of her doctor, Medina named her baby Gerardo, who weighed in at 2.7 kilograms (6.0 pounds).
In medical history, Lina is the youngest known mother. 5 years, 7 months and 17 days old when she was born.
Because of her narrow pelvis, she had to have a caesarean section performed to deliver the baby. Drs. Lozada and Busalleu performed the surgery, with anesthesia provided by Dr. Colareta. Precocious puberty led to her having fully developed sexual organs when doctors performed the caesarean section to deliver her baby.
La Presse Médicale reported on her case in great depth, including the fact that her menarche happened at eight months of age, in contradiction to a previous report that stated that she had been having regular periods since the age of three years and eight months. The report also stated that she was four years old when her breasts began to protrude. Pelvic widening and increased bone maturation were evident by the time she was five years old.
When Lina Medina, a five-year-old Peruvian girl, gave birth in 1939, she cradled her newborn in her arms.
Both the identity of the child's father and the circumstances surrounding Medina's conception remain a mystery. When Escomel wrote, "Medina could not give specific responses," she implied that she had no idea what she was talking about. Because there was no proof to back up the allegations, Lina's biological father went unidentified after his arrest on suspicion of child sexual abuse.
With Dr. Gerardo, Lina Medina gave birth to a healthy baby boy, whom she dubbed Gerardo after the doctor who helped her.
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