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Iconic Images of Human Rights Violations (59): World’s Youngest Mother

Lina Medina

Lina Medina, the world's youngest mother

Lina Medina, her son and her doctor

Lina Medina, her son and her doctor


Lina Medina is the world’s youngest confirmed mother in medical history. Born in Peru on 27 September 1933, Lina was brought to a hospital by her parents at the age of 5 because of an increasing abdominal size. Originally thought to have tumor, her doctors determined that she was in fact seven months pregnant. Dr. Gerardo Lozada took her to Lima, Peru, prior to the surgery to have other specialists confirm that Lina was in fact pregnant. A month and a half later, on 14 May 1939, she gave birth to a boy by cesarean section necessitated by her small pelvis. Her menarche had occurred at eight months of age (or 2½ according to a different article) and she had prominent breast development by the age of four. Extreme precocious puberty in children 5 or under is very uncommon.

Her son weighed 2.7 kg at birth and was named Gerardo after her doctor. Gerardo was raised believing that Lina was his sister, but found out at the age of ten that she was his mother. He grew up healthy but died in 1979 at the age of 40 of a disease of the bone marrow. There was never evidence that Lina Medina’s pregnancy occurred in any but the usual way, but she never revealed the father of the child, nor the circumstances of her impregnation. Dr. Escomel suggested she might not actually know herself. Lina’s father was arrested on suspicion of rape and incest, but was later released due to lack of evidence.

Lina is apparently still alive today.

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7 thoughts on “Iconic Images of Human Rights Violations (59): World’s Youngest Mother

  1. anon says:

    Apparently Lina started menstruating at 8 months and further medical tests revealed that she was physically advanced in her maturation, so it is possible!

  2. Pingback: The Most Absurd Human Rights Violations (134): 10 Year Old Rape Victim Prevented From Aborting Twins | P.a.p.-Blog // Human Rights Etc.

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