The story of five-year-old Lina Medina, The youngest mother in history

Dec 11, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Lina Medina became the youngest mother in history when she gave birth to her child at the age of five years, seven months, and 21 days.

Born on September 23, 1933, in Ticrapo, Peru, Medina was believed to have a rare genetic condition called precocious puberty where a child’s body begin changing into that of an adult (puberty) too soon.

When puberty begins before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys, it is considered precocious puberty.

According to records, Medina's first menstrual cycle occurred at 8 months old.

Pregnant at 4 years old

When Medina was aged 4, her parents noticed that she had an enlarged belly. Fearing the onset of a tumour, she was sent to the hospital where doctors later discovered she was seven months pregnant.

On May 14, 1939, Medina became the world's youngest mother by giving birth via C-section to a healthy baby boy at 5 years old. Her son weighed 2.7 kg at birth and was named Gerardo after the doctor.

C-section was performed because, despite Medina’s prematurely widened hips, she would have had difficulty passing a full-sized child through the birth canal.

Gerardo was raised believing that Medina was his sister before he found out himself at the age of 10 that Medina was in fact her birth mother.

Father arrested

At the time, no one knew who got Medina pregnant but suspicion soon grew against Medina's father. He was later arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse.

Due to lack of evidence, Medina's father was released.

Gerardo grew up healthy, before dying at the age of 40 from bone marrow disease.

Medina has never revealed the identity of the father nor the circumstances of her impregnation.

"Above normal intelligence"

Paul Koask, a child education specialist at Columbia University, was granted permission to visit the Medina family two years after the birth.

Koask discovered that the world’s youngest mother was “above normal intelligence” and her baby was “perfectly normal.”

According to Jose Sandoval, an obstetrician who wrote a book about the Medina case, Medina frequently preferred to play with her dolls rather than her child.

Where is Lina Medina now?

In her early twenties, she found work as a secretary for the doctor who attended the birth, which helped her pay her way through college. Around the same time, Medina was able to send Gerardo to school.

Lina Medina married a man named Raul Jurado in the early 1970s, and gave birth to her second son when she was in her 30s.

Pictured: Lina Medina in 2018

Although the case of Lina Medina was speculated as a hoax, a number of doctors over the years have verified it based on biopsies, X-rays of the fetal skeleton that shows the bones of a developing fetus inside her body, and photograph of the doctors caring for pregnant Medina.

As of 2002, she and Jurado are still married and living in Lima, Peru.

Leong Mun Wai pulled a 'Raeesah Khan' in Parliament on Telegram hearsay

Jan 13, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
On Tuesday (Jan 11), Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member Leong Mun Wai claimed that he received feedback from residents, "that some teachers have already practised vaccination diferentiated safe management measures in schools".

When asked by Education Minister Chan Chun Sing to name the schools and teachers involved, Leong backpedalled and said that the feedback was through Whatsapp and that he would need to ask 'his' residents before making a clarification. He later disclosed that the feedback originated from a Telegram group called SG Concerned Parents.

After a terse exchange between Chan and Speaker of the House Tan Chuan Jin, Leong admitted that the chat group messages did not name any particular schools.

Indranee: When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it

Leong's response drew a rebuke from Leader of the House Indranee Rajah who admonished Leong for making unsubstantiated claims.

Indranee rose and said: "When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it. And that is why Minister Chan (had) asked, ‘Please provide me with the details of which school and which teacher so that the Ministry of Education can follow up'.”

She described Leong’s explanation on Tuesday as an attempt to “grandstand” or make broad speeches that have no bearing on the details requested by the Education Minister.

Leong Mun Wai another Raeesah Khan?

In August last year, Raeesah shared an anecdote in Parliament about details of a rape case she alleged was mishandled by the police. She later admitted to lying about the anecdote.

In 2014, Workers' Party MP Faisal Manap also made an unsubstantiated claim alleging that when he was a counsellor, he came across a couple who were having housing issues and advised to file for a divorce by the Housing and Development Board — so that the wife would be eligible to buy a house under the Singles Scheme and she could subsequently remarry her husband.

He later apologised for not verifying the authenticity of his anecdote.