Planet Earth is a mysterious and amazing place. There is a tremendous variety of plants, animals and even human beings. Some people still find it disconcerting to find extreme varieties among living things. Whether it be intelligence, weight, height or some other feature, the society we live in marks them as “freaks” and sometimes they have to take extreme measures to hide their true self.
This is the story of Lina Medina, the youngest confirmed mother in medical history. Being a mother is something almost every woman dreams of. They are naturally ready to nurture and provide for the child. Usually, women have babies when they are 18 or mature enough to face the challenges that motherhood throws at them. But in this case, it’s not a 18-year-old or a mature woman. Here’s her story.
Lina Medina was born in 1933, in Ticrapo, Peru, to a silversmith named Tiburelo Medina and his wife, Victoria Losea.
At the age of five years, Lina’s parents noticed that her stomach was bulging. They initially thought that Lina was suffering from a massive abdominal tumor.
She started menstruating at the age of two and a half years.
Apart from the fact that she started menstruating at the early age of two and a half years, Lina was a normal girl who lived a normal life. She was born in one of the poorest regions in Peru and had eight siblings.
Upon noticing her bulging stomach, her concerned parents took her to a shaman in search of a cure.
Her parents started to get concerned when they noticed her large stomach. Since they lived in one of the poorest regions of the country, no modern facilities were available at the time so Lina’s parents took her to a local shaman, hoping to find a cure. Soon they realized that the shaman wasn’t of any help and she needed a doctor.
They took her to a hospital in Pisco, Peru, where Dr. Geraldo Lozada became Lina’s attending doctor.
Dr. Lozada took over Lina’s case. After briefly examining her, he discovered that she was seven-months pregnant. To confirm the pregnancy diagnosis, he decided to take her to a more advanced hospital in Lima. After a thorough diagnosis, their suspicions were confirmed.
Lina was born with a rare condition called “precocious puberty”.
Precocious puberty is basically the early onset of sexual development. Most girls start experiencing puberty around the age of 10 and boys start later at around 11 or 12. But Lina experienced her first menstrual cycle at the age of two and a half or three. By the age of four, she had fully developed breasts and when she was five, her body displayed pelvic widening and advanced bone maturation.