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The youngest mother ever

There are always some kinds of records that you just can’t believe. These cases are outside the borders of rational thinking. The youngest mother was a 5 year old Peruvian girl. I thought it’s just an other urban legend, but the images and the sources persuaded me. A five year old girl is not matured enough to give birth to a child. The absence of puberty, menstrual cycle, proper development of the uterus makes it impossible, but:

Her name was Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl from the Andean village of Ticrapo… Lina’s parents initially thought their daughter had a large abdominal tumor… but Lina was eventually transferred to a hospital in Lima, where she delivered a six-pound baby boy by Cesarean section on 14 May 1939. Lina’s father was temporarily jailed on suspicion of incest, but he was released for a lack of evidence and authorities were never ableto determine who fathered Lina’s child.

By the way, the answers are here: her doctors were stunned as she had been having regular periods since the age of three. According to her doctor, Escomel, she had an extraordinary hormonal disorder of the pituitary gland.

Jose Sandoval, an obstetrician who took an interest in Lina Medina’s case and authored a book about her in 2002 said that Lina was a psychologically normal child, that she displayed no other unusual medical symptoms, and that she preferred playing with dolls rather than her own child.

peruvian girl
Image source: Snopes.com

If you still can’t believe it, take a look at the original article with the images and sources.

Here is an interesting story from Shel’s comment:

Actually, Gerardo (named for the attending doctor) lived to think that his mother was his sister until he was 10 when he raised the question after being teased by other children at school. He lived to the age of 40, when he died of a bone marrow disease that was completely unrelated to the early pregnancy or an x-ray that proved she was in fact pregnant. His reported birth weight after being delivered by C-section at full term was 6 lbs and he lived a completely healthy life until the bone disease occurred.Lina herself went on to marry and had a second child a full 33 years later, producing another healthy baby boy.

On another matter, people need to quit assuming that it was the father. Although he is the most probable suspect, he is not the only man that lived in the immediate area of Lina with the capability of having sex with her.

To bfab, she was completely developed in a reproductive sense. She had been having REGULAR periods since she was 3, having started at an astounding 8 months old. She had fully developed breasts, the whole nine yards. Although she was still emotionally and physically still of natural size for a 5 year old, she was reproductively a fully matured woman. This can also affect the fact that she was “molested” since on a completely subconcious, instinctual level, she was available to reproduce and most likely had a physical sex drive of her own.

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171 Comments
  1. Wow—that is absolutely remarkable!

    December 9, 2006
  2. I thought the town name, Ticrapo was telling. Dr. Nostrum

    December 9, 2006
  3. cpenzien #

    That begs the question – Who did it??

    December 10, 2006
  4. We don’t know, maybe the father, but It has never been proved.

    December 10, 2006
  5. “Poor girl” is all that comes to my mind.

    December 16, 2006
  6. wow.. won’t believe at first… I guess she was raped…

    December 20, 2006
  7. They couldn’t prove it… We’ll never know the truth. Now she lives in the downtown of Chicago. Somebody should ask her. :)

    December 20, 2006
  8. Brittnee #

    thats crazy the poor little girl

    January 5, 2007
  9. Anonymous #

    crazy story very hard to beleve but so far all signs point to true. And as far as I have read, she lives in peru still in a district called ‘Little Chicago’

    January 25, 2007
  10. Anonymous #

    There is no district called “Little Chicago” nor in Lima which is where I live or in any other Peruvian city I have been.

    February 16, 2007
  11. that guy #

    surely it’s just some malnourished child.

    February 16, 2007
  12. Anonymous #

    FAKE!!!!!

    February 16, 2007
  13. amanda #

    Umm.. wow.. poor girl

    February 16, 2007
  14. Anonymous #

    to comment 12. i’m not sure who exactly wants to look at a naked 5 year old with a stomach twice her size…. obviously some pervert, but let’s get serious here. on another note, this wasn’t taken as a porn picture, it was more like a historical / medical picture that’d you’d see in national geographic or something.

    February 16, 2007
  15. Junrin #

    If she did give birth, maybe it was a case of fetus in fetu. Like this guy: http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2346476&page=1

    February 16, 2007
  16. Nonhysterical #

    A picture of a naked kid is not always child porn. You pervs…

    February 16, 2007
  17. strange

    February 16, 2007
  18. Anonymous #

    re: 24- what’s important in matters like this is not YOUR opinion, but actually the opinion of others– because if someone ELSE thinks it’s child porn then it’s only a short step away from YOU being accused of HAVING this child porn.

    And that’s all it takes really. In some cases even without the actual “porn” people are still accused and guilty or not, convicted or even tried or not, they end up marked for life and in many cases end up on sex offender registries, etc, etc.

    So yes, it is irresponsible of this website to post that picture. WTG.

    February 16, 2007
  19. C. S. Johnson #

    Stop misusing the phrase “begs the question”. The correct meaning of begging the question is ‘basing a conclusion on an assumption that is as much in need of proof as the conclusion itself.’ for example: ‘Hanging is the most appropriate form of punishment for the heinous crime of having red hair.’

    February 16, 2007
  20. teo #

    As fascinating as that is to a medical community, why would they post that picture for all the bad people to see?

    February 16, 2007
  21. Anonymous #

    Kwashiorkor, anyone?

    February 16, 2007
  22. M #

    This is a really really really old story…And I’m only 18! Interesting nonetheless

    February 16, 2007
  23. Scrotor #

    This is Photoshop BS!!!!!!

    February 16, 2007
  24. P #

    Without a doubt a hoax, impossible with a complete lack of evidence. This is definitely going to turn into an fallacious myth.

    February 16, 2007
  25. This is not a hoax. This same case was presented in our endocrinology course in medical school. As stated above, this girl had a rare type of pituitary tumor that secretes GnRH, a hormone that stimulates the production sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone. These abnormal levels of GnRH cause high levels of sex hormones that cause puberty to arise at a much younger age. This is called precocious puberty. With puberty, comes the ability to get pregnant.

    In fact, if you look up precocious puberty on wikipedia, this girl is mentioned:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precocious_puberty

    February 16, 2007
  26. nomadprincess #

    THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE.

    A five year old will never be pregnant.

    If that is so, it would go with all five year old rape cases.

    February 16, 2007
  27. Alex Der, Toronto , ON CANADA #

    She’s still alive? Get her DNA.
    This cannot be true. You would need so many conditions to be met:
    1-Have a body able to conceive AND CARRY A CHILD TO TERM at the age of 5.
    2-Have the child inseminated in some way. It seems everyone is accusing the father of raping his daughter-Thus you astounding coincidences occur. The child has one of the rarest of diseases(?) AND the child is raped!
    3-Take the child to the capital city in 1939 when she is from some remote village high in the mountains of Peru for the press to report on this.

    February 16, 2007
  28. pretty #

    oh! that’s terrible. But that might be true. I pity the little girl. Goodness!

    February 16, 2007
  29. Anonymous #

    http://www.snopes.com/pregnant/medina.asp

    February 16, 2007
  30. Alex Der, Toronto , ON CANADA #

    Well, according to this TIME article the information is different. She may have had a tumor and be 8 or 9 years old. Still pretty incredible!

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,931268,00.html

    February 16, 2007
  31. Anonymous #

    She was the oldest child, a midget. Her mother thought she was the younger sister.

    February 16, 2007
  32. Oh…thats like a big miracle ….

    I just can’t imagine the truth on reading such thing….oh God.

    Regards

    February 16, 2007
  33. Anonymous #

    the pituitary does amazing things…

    February 16, 2007
  34. This evening I will sit my six year old daughter down and my wife and myself will explain the facts of life to her.

    February 16, 2007
  35. Anonymous #

    I’m gonna have to go with fetus infetu for this one…it’s what happens when twins are developing. eventually the one embryo binds with the other and starts to grow inside the other one after birth. A rare, but known medical condition.

    February 16, 2007
  36. Anonymous #

    This must be true because it’s on the internet.

    February 16, 2007
  37. Anonymous #

    this has been in the Guiness book of records since the seventies so it’s nopt just something dreamt up or photoshopped for the web

    February 16, 2007
  38. bagwaa #

    seriously, are you all so dumb to beleive this? c’mon!!? — ok, here is another one, “I ran to the moon yesterday, had a picnic and came back!” — quick, put me on digg!

    February 16, 2007
  39. vasco #

    a Caesarian section performed on a 5 year old child, in Peru, in 1939, and she survived?……………………. harder to believe than the story itself…

    February 16, 2007
  40. Envy #

    ouch!?

    February 16, 2007
  41. Anonymous #

    To the peruvian who says there’s no “Little Chicago” in Lima, you may know it as Raucana… It earned the name “Little Chicago” because of its high crime rate.

    February 16, 2007
  42. Anonymous #

    To everybody shouting “hoax”, Snopes confirmed it. The original article link is Snopes.

    http://www.snopes.com/pregnant/medina.asp

    February 16, 2007
  43. Joao Paulo #

    She was 9 years old!!!

    Consult wikipedia or google “youngest mother” ever

    February 16, 2007
  44. Anonymous #

    she looks older than 5 in the picture! still unbelievable!!

    February 16, 2007
  45. Someone who looked for facts b4 i commented #

    look it up on wikipedia she was 5 yrs had a cesarean section had another kid some 30 odd years after. no one knows who the father is. Had he first period at 8mths.
    Another case in Russia about a 6 1/2 yr old girl

    February 16, 2007
  46. Adam #

    Regarding comment 15, about Lina being a malnourised child, older than 5…….Dude you’re an idiot. A human body is not a collection of black box systems, the differnt parts of your body are dynamically linked to one another. On average, women as young as 12 can bear a child. for a 12 year old to be malnourished to the point she appears to be 5, for one thing she should have died of starvation a while ago, and if that isn’t enough, the female body simply will not releases eggs into the uterus unless sufficent fat content is on board to support a child. Which is also why the average age of the first menstartion in America is falling, we’re better fed than ever before so the brain goes “OK we have enough stock piled lets shoot out some eggs” much earlier than before

    February 16, 2007
  47. Anonymous #

    i dont know if i believe this or not. i really honestly think that her little body would not have been strong enough to carry that child!!!

    February 16, 2007
  48. Maybe she has a twin inside her belly? I’ve seen similar stories involving men.

    February 16, 2007
  49. Chris #

    Every single retard on here saying “no way, impossible” remind me of the countless retards throughout history who glibly disregard any reality as “impossible” because they “just know it isn’t capable of happening”.

    Here’s a tip: DO A GOOGLE SEARCH BEFORE MAKING YOUR “TECHNICAL DECISIONS”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precocious_puberty

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lina_Medina

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=12758225

    I know most of you immediate doubters can’t read very well, but try anyway before ‘making up your mind’. People need to not only “think” but “research” before immediately making up your mind. Otherwise, your ‘thinking’ is just pure mental masturbation.

    February 16, 2007
  50. chris #

    my jaws are on the ground

    February 16, 2007
  51. adsfads #

    hah

    February 17, 2007
  52. Anonymous #

    78. paul – February 16, 2007
    DISGUSTING!
    This is definately not to be celebrated. This is a discission over childhood rape, I am sure now with dna they could tell who the father is.

    Who said rape? It may have been another 5 year old boy at a coca tea party. Who really knows? That’s just silly in the context it is posted in, are you a philosophy student? Lol.

    February 17, 2007
  53. Anonymous #

    that is verey wrong to do to a little 5 year old that has done nothing to anyone you freaky pepole back then.

    February 17, 2007
  54. sickening because you have to realize that since it takes 9 months for the baby to develop, and since the girl was 5 when she gave birth to the child – she must have been 3-4 when the child was raped, meaning that some sicko had sex with a 3 or 4 year old..disgusting.

    February 18, 2007
  55. Anonymous #

    my mother was born when her mother was five too

    February 19, 2007
  56. Did she live on a farm?
    Although it is unlikely in 1930s Peru, environmental factors, such as exposre to hormones involved in reproduction, such as those long used in the raising of livestock or now used in various skin creams or shampoos, have been shown to significantly decrease the age of puberty and, hence, menarche.

    As for the father, there must have been child abuse involved. Odds are the father was a lot older than five. If she’s still alive, I wonder how she’s avoided this question or if she really doesn’t remember.

    February 19, 2007
  57. syahid ali #

    so this is the great post! amazing!
    http://coolware.blogspot.com | http://belacan.wordpress.com

    February 20, 2007
  58. billygunz #

    unreal to me unreal to you if not get real!

    February 25, 2007
  59. Who gives #

    its true.

    February 28, 2007
  60. k #

    this is not true for a 5yd old girl lol

    March 1, 2007
  61. Gary #

    Was hard to believe prior to doing some research. Wonder if it’s happened again since? I would hope not but am curious.

    March 7, 2007
  62. Anonymous #

    Please don’t talk behind her back…or in this case please don’t blog behind her back. If you questions why don’t you go ask her yourself !

    March 16, 2007
  63. bad for her #

    I feel bad for her, really …

    March 17, 2007
  64. Anonymous #

    I don’t understand how anyone could even question whether she was raped. A child of that age has no understanding of what’s involved in sex and therefore cannot consent. No consent means she was raped. Pure and simple.

    March 21, 2007
  65. Rob #

    beside the socialogical side, here is an interesting medical side to this, too. being physically capable of becoming pregnant and fulfilling the pregnancy successfully is bloody interesting!

    March 22, 2007
  66. Anonymous #

    If you read though…

    It says her parents thought she had an abnormally large abdominal tumor. PARENT(s). On MULTIPULE websites. More than ONE source. And if you think like a normal human being with a perfectly functional brain, you’d know that if she was raped, her father was probably not the one who did it.

    Besides, I seriously doubt that someone with a wife and child and a seemingly average life in 1939 when people weren’t such retarded perverts would actually rape their own kid.

    2007? Yes, most definately.

    1939? Probably not but still possible.

    March 27, 2007
  67. im from chicago :-/

    March 29, 2007
  68. Kathya #

    I AM PERUVIAN AND MY GRANDMA TOLD ME ABOUT THIS ONE, THIS LADY KNOW LIVES IN LIMA, MY HOMETOWN, PEOPLE STILL TRY TO INTERVIEW HER BUT SHE WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE WHOLE TV THING BUT WE DID SEE A PICTURE OF HER SHE IS ALMOST IN HER 70’S

    April 5, 2007
  69. Thank you, Kathya for sharing this information. Now, a legend became reality. :)

    April 5, 2007
  70. sweetsherell09 #

    thats sad and sicking on so many levels

    April 12, 2007
  71. Anonymous #

    How many religious people do you figure are reading this and thinking “wow, that’s great!”. I read some religious chick the other day who apparently has actually written books and is somewhat notable who said it was our duty to procreate as early as possible and that teen pregnancy is a GREAT thing and she is upset that we are waiting longer and longer (currently about 27 years old) to have children – if ever.

    Religious people are fucking insane. And concerned mother is retarded. This iwas apparently in 19-3-fucking-9.

    April 14, 2007
  72. This is not real, you don’t produce the chemical needed to produce a child till the age of 9 (look it up in a health book, i took a class)

    April 20, 2007
  73. 133 #

    Hey 133, since your so smart and our doctors should be listening to you; Tell me, did this guy get raped? After all he is pregnant in a sense with his dead twin.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2346476&page=1

    April 29, 2007
  74. kayla #

    I think that this girl never knew her own mind and she did’nt know what was going on in her body. I feel sorry for the girl ! It’s really a silly decision and it was probobley a huge mistake ! i just hope the child has there priorites sorted! :(

    May 3, 2007
  75. Paula Lincoln #

    why would some one do this to a five-year old child?

    May 4, 2007
  76. catwoman 2007 #

    its so sick its untrue…cant decide…hoax or fact, am still wonderin wat sort of a twisted pervert would do that 2 a child…a 5 yr old child at that.

    May 13, 2007
  77. X tester #

    i think shes sufferin frm some kinda malnourishment disease, that caused her stomach/abdomen to bloat…maybe shes not 5, maybe shes 10/12 or somethin. shes lookin small coz shes malnourished. at least that sounds more logic.

    May 14, 2007
  78. Man, is this for real ?

    May 17, 2007
  79. I just don’t think this is possible in terms of the anatomy.

    May 18, 2007
  80. Charles #

    I find the story quite interesting. I also agree with 149. Anonymous. The full story states she began puberty at 8 months. It is probable given that fact that she had developed a instictive sex drive. Kids being kids most likely a young neighbor or cousin was the father. To those here that say a 5 year old knows nothing of sexual acts you are simply in denial. I was raised in a farming communtiy, in Ohio during the 1960s. At 5, I had 3 (pre-teen)siblings, numerous cousins and neighbor children always around to explain what Lassie was doing with Rover. Sexual exploration was the natual extention of these common everyday experiences/conversations between my peer group. At 5, we all had a clear understanding of intercourse & masterbation mechanics. I had discovered oral and had several willing female playmates in the 5 to 8 age range. Interestingly of my peer group only one teen pregnacy occurred & that was the result of a tryst at church camp between 17 year olds. Modern culture has a very short memory, 100 years ago in was common for 12 & 13 year old girls to be considered adults, married off to 15-20 year old boys & pregnate with their first child. Before the chorus of “Pervert” or “Pediphile” ring out, let say I in no way condone, endorse or find sexual acts between adults & children acceptable. I am simply relaying my personal experience as a 5 year old.

    May 23, 2007
  81. Melissa #

    Do you think this is possible?

    May 24, 2007
  82. Wendy and Moggs #

    My Mother thinks this is inpossible, but i showed her this website and now she believes me, we both think this is shocking and the person that got her pregnet should be shot, the baby deserves a good life. This is something that i hope never happens again. Mothers need to be more strict with letting young kids from 11-17 years old go out to parties with no supervision!!!

    June 2, 2007
  83. This is really amazing. I have read the original article and would post it on my blog. It’s so shocking! I have to share this with people here. Thanks for the story. You are doing a good job here. Weldone.

    June 4, 2007
  84. This is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It sounds like bull crap 2 me…….how could a 5 year old survive giving birth to a baby…did they cut her open……scary stuff man scary stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 8, 2007
  85. uhm yeah how could she get pregnant if she was only 5. and who would be thinking about sex at the ago of 5 i know i wasnt. but the guy who did that isl iek fucking nasty. alrightyy.

    June 27, 2007
  86. If they couldn’t it was the dad, then why didnt the girl tell anyone who raped her? i would have????????

    June 29, 2007
  87. john #

    Our modern society is so out of touch with human development and instinct.

    A 17 year old is not considered an adult and consent to sex, but the next day at 18 year old they can? Ridiculous.

    Bodies develop at different rates and desires develop also. We as a society try to place age limits on these natural occurring emotions. Girls used to get married and have babies at 10 -13 years old. They were more mature too…

    This girl developed early puberty and desires. Perhaps she consented to the sex due to those desires?

    June 30, 2007
  88. Anonymous #

    It’s in the Guiness World Book Of Records.
    Look it up.

    //what’s important in matters like this is not YOUR opinion, but actually the opinion of others– because if someone ELSE thinks it’s child porn then it’s only a short step away from YOU being accused of HAVING this child porn.

    And that’s all it takes really. In some cases even without the actual “porn” people are still accused and guilty or not, convicted or even tried or not, they end up marked for life and in many cases end up on sex offender registries, etc, etc.

    So yes, it is irresponsible of this website to post that picture. WTG.//

    WTF is your problem? So because there is a picture of a nude child taken back in 1939 for visual proof in the scienctific community of a //hormonal disorder of the pituitary gland// that caused a five year old to pregnent, makes it *porn*?
    Fine. Then I guess when you’re studying to be a pediatrician or are a pediatrician, that makes you sex offender. It’s people like you that have fucked up our already fucked up legal sysyem, by seeing something wrong and perverted in somsthing that isn’t.
    It wasn’t irresponsible of this site to post this picture. Grow up.

    July 11, 2007
  89. Thank you so much for the great comment. I couldn’t say it better. :)

    July 11, 2007
  90. rosty #

    it”s out of question
    Nothind to say about.

    July 16, 2007
  91. mikaylah krebbs #

    I feel so bad for that little girl…

    July 20, 2007
  92. me #

    In addition to 171’s decriptive refute of the stupid idea that this is some kind of “child porn” (only a sick mind would think that by the way), in the U.S.A. (and in some cases in the U.K., though they’re more zealous) it has been established that a nude picture of a child is not illegal if it’s not sexual.

    July 26, 2007
  93. It is unbelievable.the first time i heard it i was surprise.i said,girls are growing faster nowadays.

    July 26, 2007
  94. It IS true...just look at the medical literature, news reports, and record books etc. #

    RE: 34. Kyle Rove – February 16, 2007

    ”This is not a hoax. This same case was presented in our endocrinology course in medical school. As stated above, this girl had a rare type of pituitary tumor that secretes GnRH, a hormone that stimulates the production sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone. These abnormal levels of GnRH cause high levels of sex hormones that cause puberty to arise at a much younger age. This is called precocious puberty. With puberty, comes the ability to get pregnant.

    In fact, if you look up precocious puberty on wikipedia, this girl is mentioned:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precocious_puberty

    Medically seaking, I agree with the statement above from Kyle Rove. Somebody asked why, if that is the case, not all 5 year old children that are victims of rape end up conceiving. The answer is simple – she wasn’t just ANY 5 year old. She had a rare disorder of the pituitary gland. Although she was only five, her sexual development was compared to that of a sexually mature woman! It’s definately hard to grasp, but look at Gigantism, Dwarfism, the ‘Elephant Man’ etc. They are all unfortunate ‘miracles’ of the pituitary gland.

    All in all, it’s been reported in authentic medical journals, further research into the child’s condition and medical tests were carried out after birth, it is in numerous well-known papers around the world, and has been authenticated to the extent where it was acceptable for the case to be included in the Guiness Book of Records!

    Also, fetus in fetu or the parasitic twin scenario has often marked differences to this pregnancy. For example, the ‘host’ and the ‘parasite’ are actually twins, not normally completely anatomically separate, and often the weaker twin dies at the expense of the more dominant during early development. In Lina Medina’s case, her son was not a twin, he was anatomically separate, and survived not only his early development but also the birth itself.

    July 27, 2007
  95. Me. #

    it was actually her twin inside of her.go on google =]

    August 7, 2007
  96. A. Brown #

    If one would to walk a short distance from Lina’s village during the early 1950’s and listen carefully, you can just hear “Dualing Banjo’s” echoing through the valley.

    August 8, 2007
  97. Shel #

    Just for the record, if you want to get technical, she wasn’t “raped” because laws preventing child abuse such as this didn’t come along till much later. Plus, in regions such as these (and even villages throughout the world as far away as Japan), it was commonly acceptable to sleep with a child. Notice, he was arrested on suspicion of incest but not molestation. It’s because in these smaller villages, it was believed to be alright as long as you were not having forced intercourse with the child. If this were to occur, the village Preist/ess or some other local spiritual go between would commonly castrate him and exile him from the village.

    As for the actual pregnancy, it was simply NOT fetus in fetu. If this were the case, she would not have given birth to a 6 lb son. The supposed child would have been larger, near her size, and most likely a female as well. Given that the child was an actual BABY and not a mutated being of similar age, then she was in fact pregnant.

    August 14, 2007
  98. ??? #

    Wow. Do you know if she hade the kid?

    August 14, 2007
  99. antoinette #

    i really do think that is true. now days young gilrs are starting puberty real earlier. i should know from experience, but that doesnt mean that i had a child at 5.

    August 17, 2007
  100. How can people still be talking about this like it can’t happen?

    It just doesn’t happen every day. Not very many children go through puberty so early and not very many children are having sex or being molested at that age. (Thankfully!)

    She didn’t give birth.. Obviously no one read the whole of the article. She delivered her son by C-section.

    People need to stop looking at the picture, not bothering to read a single word, then commenting.

    August 22, 2007
  101. Lady, it’s been the best comment on that topic for a long time…

    August 22, 2007
  102. A. Brown #

    In reply to Alex “What did Geraldo died of”

    He was reported to die of a bone marrow disease, they think that it was related to the very early pregnacy. I personally don’t think so.
    If she has defective eggs at that age then it would have stayed so throughout her life. Girls are born with ALL the eggs they will ever have. If any are defective then this will be pernament, age will be not a factor.

    I like the reply from Shel about castrating and exiling the prepetrator. That punisihment is too good for anyone that does such a thing. I say castrate him, throw salt water on the area, let him suffer from lack of medical care for a week, then throw him from a 2,000 foot cliff with jagged rocks at the bottom.

    That will be a fair punishment!

    August 23, 2007
  103. celticwoman #

    A five year old being able to get pregnant is entirely possible. My 5 year old niece has this same problem. She started growing breasts, pubic hair and was basically going through puberty. She is now on hormone regression treatment to stop this and they will keep her on the treatment until she is 10 or 11. So I would have to say that this story is feasible.

    August 25, 2007
  104. Anonymous #

    omg, that woiuld of hurt for a 5 yr old if it was a natural birth!

    September 8, 2007
  105. That is crazy. Blows my mind.

    September 11, 2007
  106. Shel #

    Actually, Gerardo (named for the attending doctor) lived to think that his mother was his sister until he was 10 when he raised the question after being teased by other children at school. He lived to the age of 40, when he died of a bone marrow disease that was completely unrelated to the early pregnancy or an x-ray that proved she was in fact pregnant. His reported birth weight after being delivered by C-section at full term was 6 lbs and he lived a completely healthy life until the bone disease occurred.

    Lina herself went on to marry and had a second child a full 33 years later, producing another healthy baby boy.

    On another matter, people need to quit assuming that it was the father. Although he is the most probable suspect, he is not the only man that lived in the immediate area of Lina with the capability of having sex with her.

    To bfab, she was completely developed in a reproductive sense. She had been having REGULAR periods since she was 3, having started at an astounding 8 months old. She had fully developed breasts, the whole nine yards. Although she was still emotionally and physically still of natural size for a 5 year old, she was reproductively a fully matured woman. This can also affect the fact that she was “molested” since on a completely subconcious, instinctual level, she was available to reproduce and most likely had a physical sex drive of her own.

    September 16, 2007
  107. Shel #

    And just for the record to aussie, there is nothing wrong with being known as an accident. I myself was an accidental pregnancy but am not ashamed or embarrassed by this. To be an accident is simply to be unplanned, not unwanted. And clearly, Gerardo was wanted despite his accidental conception because he was still kept and taken well care of by the family.

    September 16, 2007
  108. Wow shel, thank you for this story. I update the article with your comment! (Anyway, have you got any kind of sources?)

    September 16, 2007
  109. That’s what you get if you read the Wiki articles about everyone.

    That and the link that you have already provided with the story.

    September 16, 2007
  110. man i dont know wat to think

    September 17, 2007
  111. anonymousz #

    omg i feel sorry for her i wonder how much pain she had 2 go thorugh

    September 20, 2007
  112. kolibri #

    1. I read all comments. Many people, apparently, do not, because I read same exact comments from different people over and over and over… lol
    2. Juliette (from Romeo and Juliette) was 14 y.o., when she fell in love with Romeo. I belive he was 16. What would people think today? We all know.
    3. My great grandma got married at 15, had 4 kids 22, and was a widow by 27. People had to grow up fast in those days.
    4.When I was 7, some of my female classmates started developing breasts. I was envious.
    5.I worked at a day care some yers ago and saw kids as little as 2 y.o. masturbating.
    6. I also remeber, as a child (5-6), me and my day care playmates get involved in a games, where girls exposed themselves to boys and boys exposed themselves to girls. We laughed histerically.

    Apparently, people develop interest in sex very early, may be even on the instictive level. First, they play “sexual” games without experiensing arousal or pleasure, because the instinct tells them to do so. Just like little girls play “mommy” with dolls. And when the time comes, they experience arousal and have intercourse.
    The age and gender “tabus” came with development of civilization and moral standarts in a society.

    September 27, 2007
  113. Actually, the odds of deformities coming from a couple that is one parent and one child or full-blooded brother and sister is rare.

    The odds of their children developing the same ailments as the parents’ family though, is obviously higher. So, unless the two individuals have deformities themselves that are in the family, the odds of that child (or children) having deformities is actually quite rare.

    Look around. All of the people that are here today came from the same group of 1,000 to 5,000 people. Don’t you think they ended up breeding within the family on several occations?

    Also, look up the rate of children (females) being raped by their fathers and having children. Lots of times, those are the kids that end up being “brother” or “sister,” though they are not. It’s just a matter of the families not wanting to talk about incest.

    There are several families and tribes around the world that have been breeding amongst themselves for years. The only thing that ends up killing them is the diseases that are passed through their genes end up at almost a 100% rate among their children. (Look up the history on the British royalty–the blood disease kept killing them off.)

    September 29, 2007
  114. ALHanoof #

    yuk .. just no comment

    October 2, 2007
  115. Unbelievable #

    People need to read/research the story before making lame comments. Yes this is real, she had a medical condition. It is recorded in many articles on the web, wikipedia, snoops, time magazine, and the Guiness Book of World Records.

    Regardless of the child having a sex drive or not, it being a law then or not, etc. it was rape. No five year old knows what they are doing sexually. And those of you who think that the father (or whoever did it) wouldn’t have because it was 1939, wake up – child sex is happening all the time, and it’s not new to 2007! Sick people go on trips overseas just for sex with minors – YES INCLUDING children as young or younger than five! Many countries have sex trafficing problems.

    Plus need I mention the stuff that happens to kids all over the US? Google that!

    October 3, 2007
  116. Anonymous #

    that is really sad.. i am a teen mom and i couldnt imagine being a 5 year old and getting pregnant

    October 3, 2007
  117. madison #

    ok…..when he was 10 his mom was 15?that can’t be right!

    October 3, 2007
  118. haley #

    that is weird…

    October 4, 2007
  119. That is so bizarre. As if?

    That’s ridiculous.

    Betc’hya she was raped.

    O

    October 15, 2007
  120. livie343 #

    i learned it on snops.com

    October 21, 2007
  121. Tasha #

    This Is so sad And makes me sick to my stomach@

    November 14, 2007
  122. healthguy #

    Oh my god! That’s really astounding!!!
    The wonders of medicine never cease to amaze me!

    November 22, 2007
  123. Lina Medina #

    Dude….WOW

    November 23, 2007
  124. Alizeh A. #

    I wonder how she got through all of this?? There must have been sneers and taunts overbaking her. I mean it’s the 1930’s, what would you expect getting pregnent without marriege. Just one word ……………….. SHAME.

    December 17, 2007
  125. A. Brown #

    I been on the internet since 2002 and I don’t know whats worst, a 5 year old that is knocked up or mothers breastfeeding children up to age 13 !!

    Don’t beleive me then: http://www.snarkygossip.com/2007/07/18/sick-puppy-of-the-day-breastfeeding-an-eight-year-old/

    and http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/archive/2007/11/17/is-seven-too-old-for-breastfeeding-kids-say-quot-no-quot.aspx

    If there is intelligent life out there beleive me no way will aliens set foot on this looney toon planet !! Otherwise we can rule out intelligent life. Digest that.

    PS – Melinas mom, imagine dealing with a 2 year old child that is going through the “terrible two’s” stage AND suffers from PMS. NOW who do you feel sorry for ??

    December 19, 2007
  126. Learn To Spell, Please #

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,931268,00.html

    December 22, 2007
  127. eb #

    I don’t believe this is possible.
    A 5 yr old body cannot carry a pregnancy.
    I call Bull Shit on this one

    December 25, 2007
  128. Melanie #

    WOW!!!!!!! is all that comes to my mind……..5 years old!!!!!! WOW!!!!! i’m speechless!!!!! I believe it but yet i still cant believe it!!!!

    January 6, 2008
  129. max #

    it aint true she probably was suppose to be a twin but it did not go through so it developed in her stomach. the part about periods it probably she devloped quickly. also doctors those days werent that smart.

    January 6, 2008
  130. I heard about it but i am really amazed to see this.

    January 11, 2008
  131. CoCo Berries #

    OMG… I’ve NEVER heard of such a thing!

    January 14, 2008
  132. karen #

    i cant belive that a five year old girl could have a baby. it just dont seem real. but in todays world you neaver know. i let my daughter know about so many things that not a good for her . my children is 8 and 6 . i would go crazy if i every found out that someone is messing with her. you cant have a baby with out sex . somebody did that to her and someone needs to pay for it . reamber it doesn’t just happen to girls. belive your children over any body . they wont lie to you . if you dont you children will neaver forget about it and they will neaver forgive you . your heart will be broken for ever.

    February 1, 2008
  133. oh my gosh……….. how could a little child bear child….. that was incredible..

    February 5, 2008
  134. Justin #

    this is unbeliveble that a 5 year is pregnent

    February 28, 2008
  135. meli #

    First of all, although her body may have had “urges”, she was still only 5 years old. Not old enough to make the type of choices involved with dealing with anything remotley sexual. Second, the female body is born with the eggs it is ever going to have, so if her body went into early puberty she could become pregnant. Some of you people talk about the parents not doing anything etc. Please, remember that these people were poor, and ignorant in a 3rd world country. The people comparing 12 yr olds to haveing sex with a 5 yr old. What is wrong with you? There is a huge diff between 5 and 12.And for those saying well it was 1939, children haveing sex in any way, shape or form, was just as bad then as it is now! Last, people please read entire story before posting your comments!

    March 8, 2008
  136. Anonymous #

    I can’t believe this. I feel so bad for the little girl going through all that pain. Even though the story was completely interesting it was sad. The picture is prety cool but still. I think there probably is a way to find out who the father is just track down the DNA from the baby it may work. All though it will take quite some time. ‘

    March 16, 2008
  137. Anonomous #

    The youngest mother was a 3 year old girl who had a disease wit her menstrual cycle which meant through puberty a good 10 years younger because she wasn’t producing enough Estrogeon .. No i don’y have proof but make up your own mind … :L

    March 18, 2008
  138. how can she be pregnant at 5 weard

    March 19, 2008
  139. omg tht is amazing

    April 10, 2008
  140. Anonymous #

    What an interesting collection of idiots who can’t be bothered to do a little research, or actually read the article, and pedos who justify five year olds having sex because “they have sex drives”, “we’re ignorant about sex now” and “people thought sex with children was ok back then, so this case is all right”. This is quite possibly one of the most stupid comments sections I’ve ever encountered on the internet.

    P.S. What was that America bashing comment about? Just another idiot on a big pile of dumb a***es.

    April 12, 2008

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