Girl In Peru Gave Birth With Only 5 Years, Science Clarifies This Unique Case And Warns Of Its Relationship With Brain Tumors

At what age is development normal in girls, what is normal and when early development can be due to a tumor.

Science solved the condition she suffered and specified the symptoms, but even she, who is now an adult woman, has more mysteries to solve. It was never possible to know who was the father of the child that was born when she was only five years old.

The story was published by Up Social.

Lina Medina was the media sensation of the 1930s, having become the youngest mother in the world (and apparently still is). According to what was related, the news of her pregnancy and the fact that she gave birth to a completely healthy child, interrupted the news of the Second World War to share what was considered “a phenomenon.”

Lina was born in 1934 in Antacancha, Peru; She shared her life with her parents and 8 siblings, until when she was 4 years old, her body began to transform. Typical of the time, the first thing they thought was that the girl had a bad spirit because of how her belly was growing. Tiburcio Medina, her father, took her to rituals and services thinking that he could help her.

A doctor gives light to the situation

An entire town murmured, so his parents, worried that it might be a tumus, traveled on foot to a Pisco where they met Dr. Gerardo Lozada.

The surprising diagnosis: Lina was 7 months pregnant

A month later Lina underwent a cesarean section in which she gave birth to a healthy boy, whom they named Gerardo in honor of Dr. Lozada. At 5 years and 7 months, Lina had become the youngest mother in the world. She grew up with her son until age 10 as if they were siblings, and at age 10 the parents told her the truth. It is known that she returned to Peru but refuses to speak to the media about it.

What condition did the girl suffer?

Despite the fact that many think that this story is not real, as reported by Up Social, Wikipedia and other media, the doctors who attended her testify to the pregnancy, there are X-rays (at that time ultrasounds were not done) showing the baby, and a photo of the little girl without clothes was published, in profile when she was seven and a half months pregnant.

Early puberty

Although Medina’s is the only documented case of puberty at such a young age, there have been other cases of early development in girls. According to the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology at that time it reported that the girl began puberty when she was only months old. Before she was one year old, she had already started getting her periods.

What are the first changes in puberty in girls, when to see a specialist and what is the most normal

Precocious puberty can be scary and frightening for parents. According to WebMD this can take place in both boys and girls, and in most cases, they don’t need treatment, but when they do, the treatments are simple and always help.

The normal, according to the same medium, is between 8 and 13 in girls and between 9 and 14 in boys.

When puberty begins to show signs at 7 or less in girls and 8 or less in boys, we refer to precocious puberty. According to statistics, 1 in 5,000 boys are affected.

Signs in girls

In girls, the development of busts is usually the first sign and then the period that usually does not occur until after 2 or 3 years after the first symptoms are visible.

Precocious puberty can be caused by the pituitary gland telling the body to secrete gonadotropins (the most common) or because the presence of estrogen and progesterone are responsible for starting the development process (very rare).

Other causes

According to WebMD, sometimes central precocious puberty, particularly in girls, is usually caused by a medical problem that can include:

  • Tumors

  • Brain damage

  • Brain swelling


It is extremely important to be aware of the health of your children, of any changes, of when they happen, and not to take everything as ‘normal’ when it may not be, especially when early development may be due to a tumor.

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