Youngest mum, 5, on record forced to have C-section to give birth to son

Lina Medina, from Peru, became pregnant after her reproductive organs matured prematurely due to prococtive puberty. She gave birth to a healthy baby weighing 6 kg

Lina Medina is the youngest person on record to have a child

A Peruvian girl is the youngest mother on record, having been born when she was only five years old.

Lina Medina from Ticrapo, a village in the Andes, had a boy by caesarean section on May 14, 1939, because her pelvis was too small for a natural birth.

The harrowing story was discovered in her medical records. Lina has turned down offers of cash to tell her story despite being asked several times by newspaper reporters. The sun reports.

At that time, the young girl complained to her mother, Victoria Losea, a housewife, of stomach ache, the doctors assumed it was a tumor.

It turned out that she was actually seven months pregnant.

Their baby was born a healthy 6 kg and was named Gerardo after the doctor who delivered him.

Lina has a condition that her reproductive organs developed at a younger age

Lina at the age of 33 on her way to her job as a private secretary
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Medical professionals found that if a child’s body entered puberty prematurely, Lina could get pregnant due to a condition called premature puberty.

Her breasts were almost fully developed by the age of four, and she had her period by the age of three, according to her mother.

However, a medical report from Peru recorded that the child’s menstrual cycle began at eight months of age.

Gerardo’s father remains unknown, although Lina’s own father, Tiburelo Medina, a silversmith, was arrested after giving birth on suspicion of rape. He was later released for lack of evidence.

Studies show that young victims of sexual abuse are more likely to experience premature puberty.

Lina with baby Gerardo and a doctor who was there for the birth
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Lina treated Gerardo like a younger brother

Lina, who was impregnated at the age of four, was unable to give “exact answers” when asked about the baby’s father and may not have known it because of her young age, medical researchers claim.

Her father has vigorously denied that he raped his daughter. The Teal Mango reports. Lina’s cousin was also suspected of raping her, but for lack of evidence the police were unable to charge him.

Two years after Gerardo’s birth, Lina was examined by Columbia University child specialist Paul Koask, who described her intelligence as above average and her baby as “completely normal”.

He wrote: “She thinks of the child like a little brother and the rest of the family too.”

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