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Peruvian five-year-old Lina Medina,accompanied by her 11-month-old-son Gerardo, and Doctor Lozada who attendedher son's birth, are shown in this 1940 file photo taken in Lima's hospital.

When her child was born by Caesareansection in May 1939, Medina made medical history, and is still the youngestknown mother in the world.

Lina Medina's parents thought their5-year-old daughter had a huge abdominal tumor and when shamans in theirremote village in Peru's Andes could find no cure, her father carried her toa hospital.

Just over a month later, she gave birth toa boy.

Worlds youngest mother

Medina was born on September 27, 1933 in thesmall village of Paurange.  She was only 5 years 8 months old at the birthof her child on Mother's Day, May 14, 1939.

Born at full term at Lima's maternity clinic,her child was taken through a caesarian operation (Dr. Lozada and Busalleu,operators, Dr. Colretta, anesthesiologist). The child (boy), weighing 2,700grams, was well formed and in good health. Child and mother were able to leavethe clinic after only a few days.

Doctor Lozada has conducted very detailedstudies since the diagnostic of the pregnancy which aroused much curiosity inthe country; he took an x-ray of the child and her baby, established adiagnostic of the fetal situation, observed the state of functionality of thelittle mother who had begun menstruating at the age of 8 months. At four yearsold she had already developed breasts as well as pubic hair, her bodyproportions were a bit amazing and her bone hardening a bit advanced, thingsthat are often observed in cases of such premature pregnancy.

After taunting from schoolmates, Medina'sson, Gerardo - who was named after one of the doctors who attended Medina andwho became their mentor - discovered when he was 10 that the person he hadgrown up believing to be his sister was in fact his mother.

Gerardo died in 1979 at age 40 from a diseasethat attacks the body's bone marrow, but it was said it was not clear there wasany link with his illness and the fact his mother had been so young at hisbirth.

Medina herself married and in 1972 had asecond son, 33 years after her first.  Her second child now lives inMexico.


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