78 Years After The Youngest Mom Ever Gave Birth, She's Still Keeping A Secret
LifeAspire Staff 3/17/2017
Lina Medina hails from the Andean village of Ticrapo in Peru. No one would know who she is if it wasn't for the horrifying ordeal she underwent at a tender young age. The cute little boy that everyone mistook for her brother was actually someone else.
Lina made medical history in 1939 as the youngest person to ever give birth. Decades later, she's still keeping a secret. After all these years, she still refuses to speak out about what happened to her.
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The medical field was astounded that a five-year-old could give birth, reports Snopes. Lina's parents thought she had a large abdominal tumor, but at the hospital in Pisco, doctors confirmed that she was pregnant. She was transferred to a Lima hospital where she delivered a boy named Gerardo by cesarean section. He weighed six pounds and was born May 14, 1939.
It turns out that Lina had been having a menstrual cycle since she was eight-months-old, medical records showed. She also had a fully developed figure by the age of five when she delivered the baby, according to Snopes. During the cesarean section, doctors biopsied one of Lina's ovaries and it was determined that she had the female organs of a fully mature woman. The physicians attending to her case declared she suffered from a rare condition that's referred to as early-onset puberty.
In fact, Lina was observed by other physicians during her childhood who wrote that she preferred playing with dolls instead of her own child. A psychologist administered intelligence tests and determined that her age was correct.
Police initially suspected Lina's father and accused him of incest, but he was later released from jail because authorities did not have enough evidence to prosecute him. Some believe she might have been at an indigenous festivity the Andean villagers celebrate where rape wasn't uncommon.
Even after all this time, officials could not solve the mystery of who the baby's father was. Reports show that Gerardo did not learn that Lina, who he thought was his sister, was actually his mother. Sadly, Gerardo passed away in 1979.
After she was married, Lina gave birth to another boy in 1972, 33 years after his brother was born. To this day, Lina has never revealed the father of Gerardo nor how she was impregnated. Isn't this story shocking?!
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