In line with the Mother’s Day celebration, let look back on the controversial story of the youngest mother recorded in the history.
According to Pilipino Scoop, a shocking world record was made in a remote village of Ticrapo in Peru in 1939. At the age of 5 years and 7 months old, Lina Medina became the world’s youngest mother.
Months before she gave birth, her parents brought her to the hospital. They were worried because of their daughter’s bulging belly, which has been increasingly growing for the past few months. At first, they suspected it was a tumor.
The doctors took one look at the young girl and already knew that they were witnessing history as it unfolded. Her parent was shocked upon finding out that their five-year-old daughter is actually bearing a child. When they took the young girl to the doctor, she was already seven months into her pregnancy. A few weeks later, Lina Medina gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
Many doctors were questioning all over the world and soon find out the answer. Running some few tests, it turns out that Lina Medina has a rare medical condition which only affects one in every 10,000 children. Her condition is called ‘precocious puberty,‘ causes a child to reach sexual maturity at a young age.
In the young girl’s case, she already has wide hips, budding breasts, and post-pubescent bone growth. Experts also suspect that she has started menstruating as early as the age of three. Her condition drew the attention of the media and every aspect of her life was scrutinized by the public. But the biggest question was yet to be determined, who impregnated the young girl.
The culprit was identified to be her father, Tiburelo Medina, who was accused of molesting his own daughter. Soon after, he was arrested but was later on released due to lack of evidence. Until today, Lina refuses to say a word about the biological father of her son.
The family chose to keep their silence. But some doctors were fortunate enough to witness everything first-hand. Only two low-resolution images survived which showed Lina’s pregnant body at that time.
Lina did everything to have a peaceful and quiet life as possible since the controversy. Only her surviving descendants are the living testimony of the world’s youngest mother.
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