Young Girl Gives Birth At Just Five Years Old!
When Lina Medina’s stomach began growing, doctors were certain she was suffering from a large tumour – little did they know it would turn out that she was actually pregnant - she was only five years old after all!
Peruvian born Lina Medina was a normal little girl who lived with her parents and 9 siblings in Peru until something quite out of the ordinary happened.
Lina’s parents took her to hospital because of her abdominal increasing rapidly in size. Doctors originally suspected that the five year old had a tumour but later unexpectedly discovered that she was in her seventh month of pregnancy!
Not surprisingly, news of Lina’s unheard of pregnancy fast became common talk and newspapers wanted to be all over it. The San Antonio Light newspaper in Texas reported on 16 July 1939 that a Peruvian obstetrician and midwife association had demanded that she be transported to a national maternity hospital.
An American film studio had sent down a representative "with authority to offer the sum of $5,000 to benefit the minor" in exchange for filming rights, but the offer was rejected.
The circumstances regarding how Lina became pregnant are unknown and she has always wanted for these to remain private.
Aged just five, the doctors found that Lina already had fully mature sexual organs.
About one in every 10,000 children develop a condition known as “precocious puberty,” in which the child’s body reaches sexual maturity before age eight.
Roughly ten times more girls than boys develop this way, and there is reason to suspect that it might be accelerated by sexual contact at an early age.
Analysis revealed that the innocent girl had been having regular menstrual periods since the age of three.
Examination of the five year old showed that she already had developed breasts, wider than normal hips, and advanced bone growth. She was said that her body was of a very petite, inmature woman.
A month and a half after the original diagnosis, Medina gave birth to a boy by Caesarean section, she was just 5 years, 7 months, and 21 days old. What an ordeal to go through!
Medina's son weighed 2.7 kg (6.0 lb; 0.43 st) at birth and was named Gerardo after her doctor.
He was raised believing that Medina was his sister, but he found out at age 10 that she was his mother.
Gerardo claimed that he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up.
Despite having no known defects or other health issues, Gerardo sadly died relatively young, at age 40, in 1979, of bone disease.