There have been a lot of stories about young mothers for years, but this story proves that the human body contains a lot of mysteries. And despite the scientific advances, the human body always surprises us!
Teenage pregnancies may be difficult to tackle but it is nothing compared to childbearing pregnancies. In most cases, this involves the sexual exploitation of minors and a child becomes a mother when she is not ready to be.
It is therefore difficult to imagine the life of Lina Medina, the mother confirmed as the youngest in medical history. She was only 5, 7 months and 21 days old when she gave birth to a son. And yet the man who raped her was never punished.
Lina Medina was born in 1933 in the popular and remote town of Ticrapo, Peru. She lives in a crowded neighborhood, with her parents and eight brothers and sisters. When she was four years old, her father noticed something strange in her belly; It starts to look like a balloon so it is swollen.
Lina’s big belly had become the favorite conversation of the villagers and many people thought it was the work of the “demon” and that it is in it. His father then contacts healers and shamans to try to remove him from the body. But nothing works, and the family begins to wonder about the possibility of a tumor. They then go to the city of Pisco and take Lina to the hospital.
They meet Gerardo Lozado, a doctor, who, like the parents, suspects a tumor. Only he will discover something other than a tumor. He reveals the truth and confirms that Lina was seven months pregnant. The doctor can not believe his eyes and calls various recognized specialists of the capital, to have their diagnosis. They all confirm Lina’s pregnancy.
On May 14, 1939, Lina gave birth to a healthy child by caesarean section. She is only 5 years old. The baby weighs 2.7 kg and measures 48 cm. It is named Gerardo in tribute to the doctor who discovered the state of health of the little girl.
Lina’s pregnancy caused a lot of ink after the debates on the fighting of World War II. Her story appears in the press, it is found in the New York Times in the United States and in the Daily Telegraph in England.
Lina receives many offers to travel to the United States with her son and receive the medical care they need. But Lina’s parents refused and Peru’s president Oscar Benavides promulgated a law to protect them from financial profits and promised them a subsidy to take care of them. Unfortunately, Lina never saw the color of this famous grant.
Everyone has a hard time realizing that such a pregnancy has just occurred and Lina is nicknamed the “Virgin Mary” in her hometown. Some villagers even say that the baby is the son of the God of the sun.
However, the authorities do not believe in any of these speculations and suspect the father of having raped his daughter. Failure of proof, and after a few days in prison, the father is released. The suspicions turn to one of his brothers who suffers from mental problems.
Another track leads to a suspect, it is the gardener who disappeared at the time of Lina’s pregnancy. Unfortunately, without any tangible evidence, no culprit was found.
Gerardo, Lina’s son is educated by his grandparents until he discovers the truth about his birth at the age of 10. The age difference between mother and son was hard to understand psychologically for both children.
Lina is now 83 years old and has been married for about 50 years with Ricardo Jurado, she had a second child at the age of 38 with him. His first son died at the age of 40 as a result of bone disease. She finally gets the subsidy due to her by the Peruvian state and learns that she has a rare hormonal disorder of the pituitary gland so that she gets pregnant at 5 years.