Lina Medina – The World’s Youngest Mother Who Gave Birth At The Age Of 5

She officially became the youngest confirmed mother in medical history, aged five years, seven months and 21 days on May 14, 1939.


A month and a half after Dr. Lozada transferred her to the advanced hospital in Lima, Lina underwent a C-section and gave birth to a baby boy. The decision to perform a C-section on Lina was made as she was only five years old and her pelvis would be too small to deliver naturally.

Dr. Lozada and Dr. Busalleu, along with Dr. Colareta providing anaesthesia, performed the surgery. The child weighed 2,700 grams (6 pounds), was well-formed, in good health and was named Gerardo after the doctor who delivered him.

Lina never revealed who the father of the child was.


Since Lina never revealed the circumstances surrounding her impregnation, the police focused their suspicion towards her biological father. They arrested him on suspicion of sexual abuse, rape and incest but no evidence was ever found to link the father and he was released.


Throughout the years, many people have called her story a hoax but based on biopsies and X-rays of the fetal skeleton in utero, doctors have verified it as true. There are also photographs showing the doctors taking care of Lina while she was at Lima hospital.

She later married Raúl Jurado and delivered her second son in 1972.


Gerardo was raised believing that Medina was his sister. But at the age of 10, he found out that she was his mother. He lived a healthy and normal life until the age of 40, when a bone marrow disease cost him his life. To help her son through high school, young Lina worked as a secretary in the Lima clinic of Dr. Lozada.

After 33 years, she gave birth to her second son with Raúl Jurado. She is still alive today and refuses any media coverage, turns away any reporters approaching her and still lives in the poor district of Lima.

Sources: Snopes, Rarehistoricalphotos, Wiki.

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  1. How did she get pregnant though? So she was 4 when she got pregnant but by who?

  2. It is a shame than some man felt the need to impregnate her as with this condition someone was responible for exacerbating her condition, she didn’t get pregnant by herself did she?

  3. I heard this story before and she got pregnant by her father who was sexually abusing her

  4. Yeah so who raped this 5 year old??

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