Precocious Puberty Creates 5-year-old Mother
Back in 1939, a girl named Lina Medina gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The only note-worthy detail in this was the girl’s age: she was only five-years-old.
This story is truly a medical marvel — one that is surely hard to believe.
Lina lived in a small Peruvian village located 7,400 feet up in the mountains — the nation’s poorest region.
The girl’s parents initially thought their daughter was suffering from a massive abdominal tumor, but after being examined by doctors in Pisco, Peru, they discovered she was eight-months pregnant.
Medina’s condition certainly came as a surprise to everybody who studied the case, but among pediatric endocrinologists, it wasn’t entirely unthinkable.
About one in every 10,000 children develop a condition known as precocious puberty and Medina was one of those kids.