The five-year-old’s parents discovered she was pregnant after her abdomen began growing and she started having stomach pains
LIMA. Peru – When Lina Medina’s stomach began growing, doctors were certain she was suffering from a large tumour – she was only five years old, after all.
But after running tests they found she was seven months pregnant after being raped and weeks later she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
80 years on, Lina is still the youngest person in the world to have ever given birth.
She was born in a small village in the Andes in Peru to a poor family in 1933.
At the age of five, her mother noticed her growing abdomen after she complained about having stomach pains.
Just weeks later on May 14, 1939, she gave birth to a baby boy via Caesaerean as her young pelvis was deemed to small for a natural birth.
Her baby was born a healthy 6lbs and the infant was named Gerardo in honour of the doctor who delivered him.
When Gerardo was born, the doctor discovered that despite only being five years old, Lina had mature sexual organs and suffered from a condition called precocious puberty.
After Lina gave birth, police arrested her father Tilburelo on suspicion of incest.
Although the family have never spoken to the press, Lina’s mother reportedly noticed that her daughter started having periods from the age of three.
But he was later released by police due to a lack of evidence and to this day the true identity of the father has never been revealed.
Growing up, Gerardo always believed Lina was his sister but at the age of ten was told she was his mother.
Gerardo grew up healthy but died at the age of 40 in 1979 after suffering from a bone disease.
Lina is now 85 years old and still lives in Peru – however, she refused to ever sell her story as she wanted to live a normal life.
She married husband Raul in the 1970s, later giving birth to her second son at the age of 39.
Her case has often been thought of as a hoax, but doctors say they have x-rays and biopsies that prove she really was pregnant.