This is the story of Lina Medina, the youngest confirmed mother in medical history. Being a mother is something almost every woman dreams of. They are naturally ready to nurture and provide for the child. Usually, women have babies when they are 18 or mature enough to face the challenges that motherhood throws at them. But in this case, it’s not a 18-year-old or a mature woman. Here’s her story.
Lina Medina was born in 1933, in Ticrapo, Peru, to a silversmith named Tiburelo Medina and his wife, Victoria Losea.
In 1939, a healthy young girl named Lina Medina gave birth to an equally healthy baby boy.
At the age of five years, Lina’s parents noticed that her stomach was bulging. They initially thought that Lina was suffering from a massive abdominal tumor.
Her case took pediatricians of the time by surprise, and the matter has been the subject of speculation ever since. Medina never revealed who the father was, and to this day she and her family shun publicity from the outside world.
She started menstruating at the age of two and a half years.
Apart from the fact that she started menstruating at the early age of two and a half years, Lina was a normal girl who lived a normal life. She was born in one of the poorest regions in Peru and had eight siblings.Getting a period at three is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for getting pregnant at five. Somebody, in other words, had to get her pregnant, and given the 100,000-to-1 odds against it, that person probably wasn’t a precociously pubescent five-year-old boy.It is not unheard of for children to be present at, or at least not far from, these revelries. In the absence of a confession or other facts about Lina Medina’s case, including her own observed difficulty with giving clear statements, this provides a plausible, if not exactly proven, potential source for the sexual intercourse that had to happen for her to get pregnant.
Upon noticing her bulging stomach, her concerned parents took her to a shaman in search of a cure.
Her parents started to get concerned when they noticed her large stomach. Since they lived in one of the poorest regions of the country, no modern facilities were available at the time so Lina’s parents took her to a local shaman, hoping to find a cure. Soon they realized that the shaman wasn’t of any help and she needed a doctor.
Later analysis strongly suggested that Medina may have reached menarche as early as eight months after birth, though other reports claimed she had been having regular menstrual periods from the age of three.
Examination of the five-year-old Medina showed that she already had developed breasts, wider-than-normal hips, and advanced (that is, post-pubescent) bone growth. To all appearances, at the time that Lina Medina got pregnant – right around her fifth birthday – her body was that of a very petite, immature woman.
A Private Matter
Once Lina Medina’s condition became generally known, it caused a sensation all over the world.Medina would go on avoiding publicity for the rest of her life, regularly refusing to sit for interviews with international wire services, local newspapers, and sensational television programs alike. Her (perhaps wise) aversion to the spotlight continues to this day: Her Wikipedia article, for example, notes that there are conflicting accounts as to whether she’s even still alive and asks for help resolving the question.
They took her to a hospital in Pisco, Peru, where Dr. Geraldo Lozada became Lina’s attending doctor.
It was perhaps inevitable, given the astounding nature of Medina’s condition and her aversion to scrutiny, that some observers would accuse her family of hoaxing the whole affair.Dr. Lozada took over Lina’s case. After briefly examining her, he discovered that she was seven-months pregnant. To confirm the pregnancy diagnosis, he decided to take her to a more advanced hospital in Lima. After a thorough diagnosis, their suspicions were confirmed.
Only two photographs are known to have been taken of Medina while she was pregnant – and only one of those, a low-resolution profile picture – was ever published outside of the medical literature.
Despite this, her case file contains numerous accounts by doctors who treated her, as well as clearly defined X-rays of her abdomen that show the bones of a developing fetus inside her body. Blood work confirmed her pregnancy in the usual way, and the papers published in the literature all passed peer-review without a hitch, suggesting that contemporary researchers couldn’t find fault with the reported facts of Medina’s case.
Lina never revealed who the father of the child was.
Since Lina never revealed the circumstances surrounding her impregnation, the police focused their suspicion towards her biological father. They arrested him on suspicion of sexual abuse, rape and incest but no evidence was ever found to link the father and he was released.
She later married Raúl Jurado and delivered her second son in 1972.
After 33 years, she gave birth to her second son with Raúl Jurado. She is alive today and refuses any media coverage, turns away any reporters approaching her and still lives in the poor district of Lima.Given her lifelong attitude toward publicity and the prying eyes of curious outsiders, it may be for the best that nobody now seems to know where exactly Lina Medina lives or what she, her husband, or her youngest child are up to these days.