The Youngest Person to Give Birth Was Only 5 Years Old

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Today I found out that the youngest person to ever become pregnant and give birth was only 5 years old!

Lina Medina was born on September 27th, 1933 in Ticrapo, Peru. At age 5, her mother, Victoria, brought her to a hospital because her stomach was increasing in size. Her parents originally thought Lina was possessed by evil spirits, but upon examining her, Dr. Geraldo Lozada found she was approximately 8 months pregnant. A month and a half after her diagnosis, on May 14, 1939, Lina gave birth via caesarian section to a baby boy.

Lina was able to become pregnant at such a young age due to a rare condition known as precocious puberty, basically, an early onset of sexual development. Most girls begin showing signs of puberty around 10 years old. The majority of boys tend to go through puberty starting around the age of 11-12. People with precocious puberty tend to begin puberty around the age 7. Shockingly, according to her mother, Lina, on the other hand, began having menstrual cycles at age 2 ½ and her breasts were developed by age 4. When the doctors examined her at age 5, she was found to already have fully mature sexual organs.

Lina Medina’s son, Gerardo, was named after Lina’s doctor and grew up believing that his mother was his sister. It wasn’t until the age of 10 that he found out who his mother really was. He died in 1979 at 40 years old of a bone marrow disease. Lina never revealed the father of the child, nor the circumstances of her impregnation. According to a 1955 article reviewing the case, done by Luis Leon of the Associated Press, “Some pointed out there were frequent festivities celebrated by Indians in Andean villages, like the one where Lina was born. These often ended up in orgies in which rape was not uncommon.”

While this is hardly something one would want to hold the record for, for a so many reasons, it would seem that Lina is unlikely to lose this record any time soon (or one would at least hope so!)  So, for now, the current record for youngest human being to give birth to another is 5 years, 7 months, and 17 days, which means she was probably impregnated a month or two before her fifth birthday.  Disturbing…

Bonus Facts

  • At age 70, Rajo Devi Lohan became the oldest person to ever give birth to a child.  Eighteen months later she announced that she was dying from complications from the pregnancy.
  • There are several theories as to what factors might cause precocious puberty, such as: increased caloric intake; foods rich in artificial hormones; and various environmental factors like pesticides, such as DDT. Most recently, researchers have pinpointed a gene (a protein called GPR54) that regulates puberty.  Mutations in this gene have been shown to cause deviations in sexual development.
  • Precocious puberty in boys, defined as development before age 9, is quite rare (1 in 10,000 in the United States), but when it does occur is often associated with central nervous system problems that need treatment.
  • A study done in Denmark from 1993-2001 showed that the incidence of precocious puberty in girls less than 2 years of age was 0.5 per 10,000. From this first epidemiological study based on national registries, it was estimated that 0.2% of all Danish girls and <0.05% of Danish boys had some form of precocious pubertal development.
  • According to the American Medical Association, sexual violence and rape in particular, is considered the most under-reported violent crime.
  • A 2007 government report from England says “Estimates from research suggest that between 75 and 95 per cent of rape crimes are never reported to the police.” The most common reasons given by victims for not reporting rapes are the belief that it is a personal or private matter and that they fear retaliation from the assailant.
  • It is estimated that a woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read. The South African Police Service readily admits that even though there is now a greater awareness of the problem, more stringent penalties, and better policing, the vast majority of rapes and attempted rapes still go unreported and unpunished.
  • Wednesday has more births on average than any other day of the week, 15.4% more then any other day. Sunday is the slowest day.
  • C-Sections account for 31.1% of all births in the United States, rising 50% over the last decade.  Induced labor accounts for 22.5% of births in the U.S.

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32 Comments »

  1. Baldwin June 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Are those facts, or “factoid”? The suffix “-oid” means “having the form of”; so a “factoid” would be a statement with the form of a fact — but with the implication that it’s not truly a fact.

    If you mean fact, say “fact”.

    I guess we’ll never know who the father was. Modern genetic tests could rule out family members, if samples were available.

  2. jillh10 January 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    She doesn’t look 5 to me or 6 perhaps her parents got it wrong

    • Anne June 8, 2013 at 7:23 am - Reply

      The baby isn’t a newborn, so yeah she would be a little older.

      • Ciao July 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply

        Also the whole precocious puberty thing…so she would look older.

        Side note – Rajo Devi Lohan is still alive.

    • Hannah September 7, 2013 at 5:52 am - Reply

      You have to remember she went through puberty when she was two. And also some children look like they’re older than their true age.

  3. Anne June 8, 2013 at 7:25 am - Reply

    All I can think about is ‘tat poor little girl’! To be raped so young and then have the child…that must have been so traumatic!

  4. ashley August 9, 2013 at 8:09 am - Reply

    omg

  5. margaret August 15, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    This is unbelievable, i cant imagine a child under 5 getting pregnant…….sick to core, poor little lass to go through all this….traumatic indeed.

  6. random August 22, 2013 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Reports from the incident indicate she was not traumatized by the event. At least the birth.
    Some speculate that her own father was the father of her son.
    Like most of my trivia I got this from a bathroom reader.

  7. monoXcide September 12, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Is that the doctor from TF2 in the picture?

  8. frank October 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    There is nothing strange about that after all she is a girl maturity can start from anywhere hers started too early it is nature don’t be surprised

  9. kayode samuel October 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Am very surprise 2 hear that a girl of 5yrs could be pregnant n still have the baby born,I don’t know awful things have been happening back in the days I taught is only recent days that strange things happened.

  10. lebo October 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Shocked for life.

  11. ant November 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    1st of all Frank it is very strange no one should have had sex with a 5yr old girl in the 1st place so yea everything about this is strange and horrible I have nothing more 2 say just absolutely horrible

  12. Austin.l November 18, 2013 at 7:39 am - Reply

    This is just wrong a little girl getting raped is horrible I feel sry for her

  13. seruwagi December 2, 2013 at 5:34 am - Reply

    i feel srry 4 de little girl who was raped

  14. Sabine December 11, 2013 at 8:34 am - Reply

    OMG! I am sorry for the child.
    It is also a fact in Britain and mainland Europe that heterosexual men get away with rape or attempted or any form of abuse because there is no evidence even though the victim does go to court. The victim becomes a victim again. Therefore a lot of girls/women do not want to go through all this. It is traumatic for everybody. No matter what age. Why reliving the trauma again?

  15. jade martin April 6, 2014 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    that’s all shit!….cause you have to get your period then you can have a baby you stupid!…..
    And you don’t get your period when you are 5! just saying but that is all sh!t…….

    FAKE!

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven Hiskey April 7, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

      @jade martin: Said the person who clearly didn’t bother reading the article.

  16. Joan Mierz May 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Jade, wouldn’t it help reading the article and then doing a simple search for the facts if you did not believe it. I was able to search and find that it was a fact. I never will share anything like this unless I fact check it.

    Now getting to this poor child, that really is a shame. She may have the reproductive organs of someone in their twenties but she had the mind of a 6 year old.

    Bottom line is that Pedophiles should be put away for life. You cannot cure them and they will keep abusing children for the rest of their lives. If they do not put them away for life, they should be castrated so that they do not have a sexual urge.

    In my book, it doesn’t matter if it is a man or woman, they are sick people and do not need to be in the general population of society. If you want to release them to the general population then let it be in jail. This way the people in the general population of the jail will give them what they gave to that little girl.

  17. amsteuer17 May 6, 2014 at 6:39 am - Reply

    i wonder who the father is??? someone should go up to him and smack some sense into him for raping a baby! i know she isn’t a baby literally, but mentally she is! when a child, regardless of fast puberty, is 5 years old, they should be outside, playing with chalk and rocks and climbing trees. not feeding a baby with her own breasts which developed too early. she should be running and laughing and dancing, doing whatever and learning! not singing a lullaby to put her baby to sleep.

    • Blood Brother May 25, 2014 at 4:01 am - Reply

      Well said.

  18. sakshi June 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    it’s really surprising dat a little girl got pregnant at d age of 5 moreover it is ridiculous dat she was being raped,,,,she herself is a baby i think d father was shameless nd had lost all his molarity dis kind of peoples must be directly hang to death without any court sessions

  19. Brianna June 30, 2014 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Well who was the dad!!??

  20. Terri Dolezal July 2, 2014 at 7:11 am - Reply

    This story is beyond disturbing, but what is more disturbing are some of the comments made about how the “child” doesn’t look 5, well she doesn’t look 16 either, she was a little girl. Another comment stated since she began her menstrual cycle that this was just “nature” and why are we all surprised? Really? Because her body had a hormone imbalance causing her to menstruate that made her fair game to all the sicko’s who wanted to molest her? There is a name for them pedophiles. It’s disgusting that so many people are so callous about this abuse.

  21. Fareedah August 31, 2014 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    This is very disturbing. There’s always been perverted men in this world. I began menstruating at age four. Luckily the doctors were able to stop it. I then began menstruating again when I was ten. The doctor told my mother that if I had started again after stopping it when I was four, there would have been nothing they could do. I always looked much older. At age 11 no one believed I was younger than 18.

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