Why The ʏᴏᴜɴɢᴇsᴛ Mother On ʀᴇᴄᴏʀᴅ In The World She Can Gave Birth At Just Five-Years-Old
A Peruvian girl is the youngest mother on record after she gave birth at just five-years-old. Lina Medina, from Ticrapo, a village in the Andes, had a baby boy via Cᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀs ʜᴇʀ ᴘᴇʟᴠɪs was too small for natural birth on May 14, 1939. The ʜᴀʀʀᴏᴡɪɴɢ story was ᴜɴᴇᴀʀᴛʜᴇᴅ ᴠɪᴀ ʜᴇʀ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ʀᴇᴄᴏʀᴅs. Lina has declined cash offers to tell her story, despite being asked multiple times by newspaper reporters.
At the time, the young girl ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴀɪɴᴇᴅ of sᴛᴏᴍᴀᴄʜ ᴘᴀɪɴs ᴛᴏ ʜᴇʀ ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ, Victoria Losea, a housewife, and doctors ᴀssᴜᴍᴇd she had a ᴛᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ. It came to light that she was in fact seven-months-pregnant. Her baby was born a healthy 6lbs and was named Gerardo after the doctor that delivered him. Medics discovered Lina became pregnant due to a ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ ᴄᴀʟʟᴇᴅ ᴘʀᴇᴄᴏᴄɪᴏᴜs ᴘᴜʙᴇʀᴛʏ, when a child’s body hits ᴘᴜʙᴇʀᴛʏ ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇʟʏ. Her ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛs were nearly fully developed by the age of four and she started having periods aged three, according to her mother.
However, a medical report from Peru logged the child’s menstrual cycle as starting at eight-months-old. The father of Gerardo remains unknown although Lina’s own father, Tiburelo Medina, a silversmith, was ᴀʀʀᴇsᴛᴇᴅ ᴀFᴛᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴏɴ sᴜsᴘɪᴄɪᴏɴ ᴏF ʀᴀᴘɪɴɢ her. He was later released due to a lack of evidence.
Sᴛᴜᴅɪᴇs show that young ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍs ᴏF sᴇxᴜᴀʟ ᴀʙᴜsᴇ are more likely to experience ᴘʀᴇᴄᴏᴄɪᴏᴜs ᴘᴜʙᴇʀᴛʏ.
Lina – who was impregnated aged four – was unable to give “precise responses” when asked about the baby’s father and may not have known due to her young age, claim medics. Her father has sᴛʀᴏɴɢʟʏ ᴅᴇɴɪᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴇ ʀᴀᴘᴇᴅ his daughter, The Teal Mango reports. Lina’s cousin was ᴀʟsᴏ sᴜsᴘᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ ᴏF ʀᴀᴘɪɴɢ ʜᴇʀ ʙᴜᴛ ᴅᴜᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ʟᴀᴄᴋ ᴏF ᴇᴠɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ, the police could not charge him.
Two years after Gerardo was born Lina was assessed by child specialist Paul Koask, from Columbia University, who described her intelligence was above average and her baby as “perfectly normal”.
He wrote: “She thinks of the child as a baby brother and so does the rest of the family.”