Medina, Lina

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May 22, 2022

Lina Vanessa Medina Vásquez (Spanish: Lina Vanessa Medina Vásquez, September 23 or September 27, 1933, Pauranga, Ticrapo or Antacancha, Huancavelica, Peru) is the youngest mother in medical history who gave birth at the age of 5 years and 7 months.

Biography

Information about the date and place of birth of Lina Medina is contradictory. Various sources indicate her birthplace in different ways: Antacancha, Pauranga or Ticrapo (all these settlements are located in Peru, in the Huancavelica region). Date of birth given as 23 or 27 September 1933. Father - Tiburcio Medina (Spanish Tiburcio Medina). Mother - Victoria Losa (Spanish: Victoria Loza).

Early Pregnancy

Lina was brought to the hospital by her parents for an enlarged belly at the age of five. Initially, a tumor was assumed, but doctors soon discovered that the girl was seven months pregnant. Dr. Gerardo Lozada took her to the capital of Peru for additional examinations to confirm the pregnancy. The media showed considerable interest in the unusual case. On April 18, the Peruvian newspaper La Crónica reported that North American film had sent a representative "with the authority to offer $5,000 to benefit a minor" in exchange for filming rights, but the offer was rejected. A month and a half after admission to the hospital, on May 14, 1939, Lina underwent a caesarean section, since independent childbirth was deemed impossible due to her undeveloped pelvis. The operation was performed by Dr. Losada and Dr. Busalier, anesthesia was administered by Dr. Colareta. When doctors performed a caesarean section, they found fully mature genitals due to precocious puberty. Lina's son weighed 2.7 kg at birth and was named Gerardo after Dr. Losada. The boy was brought up, considering Lina his sister, until the age of ten, until he found out the truth. He grew up healthy, but died in 1979 at the age of forty from a bone marrow disease. Peruvian medical researcher Edmundo Escomel published two articles in La Presse médicale on May 31 and December 19, 1939, about Lina Medina's pregnancy. The first article reported that Lena's menarche began at 8 months. By the age of four, her mammary glands were well developed, and at the age of 5, premature maturation of the hair was noted.