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World’s youngest mom had a baby aged 5 and ended up living a tragic life

In a haunting and tragic tale, Lina Medina, known as the world’s youngest mother in history, experienced a life filled with sorrow and unanswered questions. Back in 1939, Lina, a young girl from Peru, gave birth to a baby boy at the tender age of five, leaving this shocking case shrouded in mystery to this day.

Concern arose when Lina, living in a remote Andes village, began developing an unusual growth in her abdomen, leading her parents to fear she had an abdominal tumor. In April 1939, Lina’s mother sought medical help from Dr. Gérado Lozada, which revealed the unimaginable truth: Lina was already seven months pregnant.

Against all odds, Lina underwent a Caesarean section and delivered a healthy son on May 14, just a few weeks after her fifth birthday, making her five years, seven months, and 21 days old. The baby boy was named Gerardo, in honor of the doctor who handled this highly unusual case.

Medical examinations later confirmed that Lina suffered from a rare condition called precocious puberty, in which a child experiences puberty at an abnormally young age. Reports indicated that Lina had begun menstruating as early as three years old, and due to her unique condition, she had developed adult se*xual organs as a toddler, making her physically capable of conceiving at such a young age.

The most troubling question surrounding this case was the identity of the person who molested and impregnated the child. Initially, authorities suspected Lina’s father, Tilburelo, of incestuous acts and charged him with sexual assault. However, he was ultimately released due to insufficient evidence.

To this day, the father of Lina’s child and the individual responsible for assaulting the five-year-old girl remains unknown. In the years that followed, Lina married a man named Raul Jurado and had another son in 1972. Interestingly, this half-brother was over 30 years younger than Gerado, born in 1939.

Tragically, Gerado’s life was cut short at the age of 40 when he succumbed to a bone disease in 1979, just a few years after his younger brother joined the Medina family. Some reports suggest that Gerado only discovered Lina was his mother when he turned ten, having previously believed she was his sister.

Other accounts shed light on the little assistance Lina received after her medical anomaly shocked the world. Lina’s husband, Raul, stated that she had received little help, claiming that she had lost faith in government support. In recent years, when Lina was around 68 years old, Raul revealed that she resided in a cramped house within a poor, crime-ridden district in Peru, although her current status and whereabouts remain unclear.

Lina Medina remains the youngest recorded person to have given birth, her story serving as a haunting reminder of the unimaginable challenges she faced throughout her life.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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