Have You Ever Heard Of Lina Medina? The Peruvian Woman Who Gave Birth To A Boy Just 5 Years After Her Birth?!
Lina Medina was born in Ticrapo, Peru on September 27,1933. She was born to Tiburelo Medina, a silversmith, and Victoria Losea. She was one of the nine children of her parents The village she was born in, is located 7,400 feet up in the mountains and is the poorest region in the nation.
It's said that Lina Medina had her first periods at the age of two and half years but apart from that she was perfectly normal.
But then at the age of 5, her parents noticed her stomach increasing. They seeked the help of a local Shaman but no cure was found.
Remember back then, we didn't have the modern facilities like we do today. So, there was no perfect way to determine the cause of the growth. Lina's parents believed that the increasing size of Lina Medina’s stomach was due to a tumor and hoped it would heal itself. But when her tummy continued to grow, the concerned parents took her to a hospital in Pisco, Peru where the doctors discovered that she was in the seventh month of her pregnancy.
Dr. Gerardo Lozada discovered that Lina Medina had fully developed (mature) mammary glands and reproductive parts. On investigation, it came to light that Medina had started her menarche at the age of two and half years. However, a detailed examination showed that Lina was menstruating since she was 8-month-old!
The Doctors at Pisco were stunned by the pregnancy and would not pass up the opportunity to study the medical miracle.
#4 More discoveries
They took X-rays of her uterus, conducted hormonal and various other tests to re-confirm the pregnancy. A detailed investigation revealed that Lina was seven months pregnant. The doctors were perplexed as to how a five-year-old could get pregnant. Dr.Gerardo got her shifted to a hospital in Lima, Peru where she was kept under constant observation.
A month and a half after her transfer to Lima's hospital, Lina Medina gave birth to a healthy boy by Cesarean section on May 14, 1939.
#3 Who's the father?
Medina's young age of 5 years meant that she would have a small pelvis , hence the C-section. The baby was named Gerardo after the doctor who diagnosed her. The child was raised believing that Medina was his sister. But Gerardo came to know the truth at the age of 10.
Medina never revealed the father of her child or the circumstances surrounding her impregnation. Suspicion fell on her father, and he was arrested on the suspicion of rape and incest.
The father was released due to insufficient evidence.
But he was released due to lack of evidence and the biological father of Gerardo was never found. Gerardo died in 1979 at the age of 40. Medina worked as a secretary to Dr. Gerardo Lozado in Lima. Later she married Raúl Jurado and delivered her second son in 1972.
#1 Lina Today
This is her now at 82 years old.
As of 2015, Lina Medina lived in the poor district of Lima famously known as "Chicago Chico." She refuses to be interviewed and turns away all reporters.
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