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Lina Medina, 5-year-old mother gave birth to a 5.92 pounds son

Updated on January 29, 2014
Lina Medina with Dr. Gerardo Lozada
Lina Medina with Dr. Gerardo Lozada
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THIS is the first time I've heard of this case and my main objective is to share with all those who are objectively interested in the facts of this rare phenomenon. Or those who have heard a bit of it decades ago but have already forgotten it- then this is a must reading for you. It is suggested that facts presented herewith be read objectively for the sake of decency.

Unusual belly

SEVENTY-ONE years ago in Antacancha, some 450 kilometers east from Lima, Peru, lived 5-year old Lina Medina and members of her family. Lina- apart from the neighbor's children her age- had an unusual belly. It was growing bigger and bigger each day. It invited her parent's attention and they were caught alarmed. Tiburcio- Lina's father and her mother left no stone unturned just to solve the mystery. They employed the services of shamans who- with the permission of Lina's parents- performed exorcisms to no avail.

On the way to hospital

As a last recourse, they decided to heed for the nearest place where there was a doctor. So with Lina on her father's back, they hiked for 2 days through circuitous valleys and hills to the hospital in Pisco which is located 70 kilometers away from Antacancha.

Doctor was aghast to find the kid patient pregnant

Lozada thinking that the child was afflicted with tumor- did all tests possible to discover Lina's ailment. But- he was aghast to hear from his medical instrument fetal heartbeats, confirmed by the x-ray examination that his 5-year old patient was 8 months pregnant. Enraged, the doctor shouted at Tiburcio- Lina's father to tell him that his daughter was pregnant. Sensing rape and incest, the doctor lost no time in calling for the services of a police officer who responded and placed Tiburcio behind bars. Tiburcio- however- was released for lack of evidence. In his stead, one of Tiburcio's 9 children- a boy with mental defect was placed in jail.

Lina gave birth

To put everything in their right perspectives, Dr. Lozada brought Lina to Lima, Peru where other specialists were requested to conduct examination to the girl. Their findings confirmed Dr. Lozada's that in fact the girl was pregnant.

On May 14, 1939 in Paurange, Peru, Lina gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing 5.92 pounds. As the mode most preferable because of Lina's small pelvis, the caesarian surgery was performed by a team of 3 doctors: Dr. Lozada, Dr. Busalleu and Dr. Calretta who provided anaesthesia

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Dr. Escomel's report

Dr. Edmundo Escomel reported in La Presse Medicale that Lina's first period has occured at 8 months of age, that her breasts have prominent development by the age of 4. Widening and advanced bone maturation was displayed in her figure by age 5.

Dr. Lozada helped Lina

Approaching adulthood, Lina got employed as secretary of Dr. Lozada in the Lima Clinic where the good doctor taught her to read and write as well as the basic rudiments of education. Dr. Lozada likewise financed Lina's son high school education.

This unusual birth spread far and wide

World War II overtook them at the clinic where mother and son were billeted for 11 months. Lina's fame had already spread like wild fire. Officer, artists, diplomats, merchants and politicians offered their presents to them. According to news reports then, Lina- the mother herself a child grabbed the toys away from her son. Dr. Juan Falen explained this fact to Reuters: "Precoucious puberty developed in Lina prematurely the sexual characteristics and the reproductive capacity, but mentally and chronologically she's still the same age ..." There were financial offers from foreign countries, private and public institutions to help mother and son but not one materialized. They received not a single centavo as help.

She was waiting for something

Three years ago she said her main ambition was that the government must compensate her for the house they've bulldozed to make way for a road. "It is not a favor, they owe me that". she said to the El Pais Journal.

Gerardo's father remained unknown

Lina's son Gerardo- who was named after Dr. Gerardo Lozada- was made to believe that he was Lina's younger brother but he discovered the truth at 10 that she was her mother. He grew up healthy then died in 1979 at age 40 due to bone marrow disease. Lina never revealed who Gerardo's father was. According to relatives, the girl might have been raped during one of her errands to wash clothes in the river.

Youngest mother ever recorded in history

Later, Lina now 33, married Raul Jurado who sired her second son in 1972. They're now presently residing in Little Chicago- a poor district of Lima.

Lina- who was born on September 27, 1933 is up to this writing 76 years of age. Her giving birth to Gerardo on May 14, 1939 at her tender age 5 years, 7 months and 17 days ushered her to the spotlight as the Youngest Mother ever recorded in history.

This record has never been broken up to this writing, September 28, 2009

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Hilda Trujillo cuddling her daughter
Hilda Trujillo cuddling her daughter


The picture immediately above was inadvertently posted as banner for this article. which runs for months. The writer is sorry for the oversight and is asking public apology. The image is not Lina Medina but Hilda Trujillo who is likewise from Peru.

Hilda Trujillo is also a teen mother who, at age 9 years, 7 months and 28 days, gave birth to a 6 pounds baby girl on the early part of December, 1957. A 22-year old orphaned-cousin who lived with the Trujillos was suspected as the baby's father. Hilda Trujillo is listed as the 3rd youngest mother in history.


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    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Jacobs Species, I think it's Lina or the family's prerogative to remain silent on who caused her the pregnancy. The best we can do is guess but guesswork isn't my forte. Thanks for the visit and comments which to me make sense.

      holdmycoffee, gracelyn81450, thanks for dropping by and posting comments.

      elDragonata, I think the banner picture is now okay. Thanks so much for helping make this hub truly credible.

      Juris, I prefer to leave your entry untouched because of language barrier.

      Well, thanks for posting.

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      5 years ago

      Compartilho da opinião de Nicko71438, porque, no curso da vida a Lina, em que pese o apoio que teve, não quis esclarecer o que realmente ouve e o autor do suposto estupro...

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      5 years ago

      If this article is about Lina Medina, how come the header image is of Hilda Trujillo, a different case of an eight-year old giving birth?

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      5 years ago

      that's nuts and really sad she died at a young age so that's sad her son is so chubby and cute

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      5 years ago

      I have heard about this story many years ago. Interesting to re-read, though.

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Who's mute? Lina Medina? Give us your source, Jacobs

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      Jacobs Species 

      6 years ago

      Has anyone care to know why the girl is mute? Balderdash. This is a clear case of fiddle-faddle.

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      I've copied and pasted the part of the article in answer to your query. Thelma, I think you can google the net to gather more relevant info about Lina. Thanks for the visit and leaving a valid comment: Dr. Edmundo Escomel reported in La Presse Medicale that Lina's first period has occured at 8 months of age, that her breasts have prominent development by the age of 4. Widening and advanced bone maturation was displayed in her figure by age 5.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      OMG! I have not heard about this story before. Is it not so that you can only get pregnant when you have already your period? I mean the child was 5 years. How can she be pregnant even if she was raped? I´m confused now. What an interesting hub!Thank you.

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      I do agree with you 100%,Heavenlykidh, that Lina's government should do something positive to raise her standard of living.

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      8 years ago

      She was and still living in absolute poverty, i wish the goverment could do something about it is not like they can't, don't you think?

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      9 years ago

      I was truly elated to have you visited, read and commented on a hard-to-believe tale like this. Thank you, Ivorwen.

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      9 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      What an interesting story. It is amazing that a child so young could carry a child to term.

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      That the girl was raped was a mere speculation. No data was established that somebody witnessed somebody raping the girl. Even the girl herself who is now a grown-up woman remains mute as to the identity of Gerardo's father. Thank you, Bianca for taking interest in this hub.

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      9 years ago

      wow, thats amazing. shes so young! sooo... she was raped by her older brother??? that fucking sucks. poor thing, shes so brave.

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Indeed this historical event is hard to believe but we can't do otherwise because it is backed up by facts and records as well as reliable personages like the doctors.

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      9 years ago from Germany

      it is an unbelieveable story! very interesting hub!

      it could be possible that Lina at that time was already older than what officially stated. it was possible (due to high rate of children mortality at early age in South America) that parents register their children's birth 2-3 years later.. anyhow the case is one of the early mature fenomena.


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