The amazing case of Lina Medina, a 5-year old girl from Peru, proves that puberty is a confusing process that can strike at any time. Lina was born on September 27, 1933, and was a normal kid until her belly started growing with her body becoming mature as well. Lina was rushed to the hospital with her parents believing that it was a tumor, but when the doctors examined her, they concluded that the girl was 7 months pregnant!
The doctors took x-rays of her uterus to confirm it and studied her hormones. The parents also found out that the girl had regular period which suddenly stopped. This bizarre event baffled the doctors, thus she was transferred to a hospital in Lima, Peru for observation.
Lina gave births to a baby boy through C-section because her pelvis did not have enough space to deliver the baby with 6 pounds (normal for most babies). This happened on May 14, 1939, making Lina be the world’s youngest mother. She named the baby after the doctor, Gerardo.
During the surgery, the doctors were shocked to see that Lina had fully developed mammary glands and sexual organ, a condition called “precocious puberty”. Her father was arrested for suspected rape, but was later released due to lack of evidence. The authorities never found out who the father of Lina’s baby was.
The bizarre case was documented by Dr. Edmundo Escomel in the “La Presse Medicale” journal. The doctor explained that Lina’s first period came when she was only 8 months old! At age 4, she had prominent breast development, and by 5 her pelvis was widened and her bones mature.
Gerarrdo was raised with the belief that Lina was his sister, but at the age of 10 he was told the truth. However, the family continued living their normal life. LIna worked as a secretary in the Lima clinic of Liozada. She was provided with education and helped put her son through high school. Later she married Raul Jurado and gave birth to her second son in 1972.
Unfortunately, her older son, 7 years after her marriage, died at the age of 40 due to bone marrow disease.
Lina still lives with her husband in a poor district in Lima, Peru which is familiar by the name “Little Chicago” as of 2002. She continues attracting media attention, but turned away many reports for the past years.
X-rays and medical papers confirm this case and even Snopes, a site which debunks hoaxes, classified this to be a real story.
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