Medina (pictured above) was born in Peru in 1933. She gave birth in 1938,
at the age of 5 years, 7 months and 21 days and is the youngest confirmed mother
in medical history. This world record is closely followed by a similar
case in Russia.
was brought to the hospital by her parents at the age of 5 because of an increasing
abdominal size. She was originally thought to have a tumor but her doctors
determined she was in her seventh month of pregnancy.
Gerardo Lozado took her to Lima, the capital of Peru to have specialists confirm
that Lina was pregnant. Further examinations revealed a fetal heartbeat
and an X-ray confirmed the pregnancy.
month later, Lina gave birth to a baby boy by a caesarian section, necessitated
by her small pelvis.
son weighed 5.9 lbs at birth and was named Gerardo after her doctor. Gerardo
was raised believing that Lina was his sister but found out later that she was
his mother at the age of ten.
grew up healthy but died in 1979 at the age of 40 of a diseased bone marrow.
case was reported in ‘La Presse Medicale,’ additional details stated, that her
menstruation started at age 3 and her breast development started at
age 4. There was never evidence that Lina Medina’s pregnancy occurred
in any but the usual way but she never revealed the father of the child
or the circumstances of her impregnation.
father was temporarily jailed on suspicion of incest but he was released
for a lack of evidence and authorities were never able to determine who fathered
Lina was further questioned-by police, she couldn’t give precise responses because
of her young age. Doctors stressed the importance of getting adequate
care for the little girl.
the story was picked up by ‘The New York Times,’ The Los Angeles Times,’
and ‘United Press International.’ Plans called for Lina, her son,
and parents to travel to the United States (Chicago) to be examined by a five-man
medical commission but there was no follow-up indicating the Medina family actually
made the journey.
would marry and have a second son, who is grown and currently resides in Mexico. Lina and her husband currently live in the ‘Little Chicago” district
refused an interview with ‘Reuters,’ in 2002.
Lina Medina is 75 years old and she still will ‘not’ divulge the identity
of Gerardo’s father.
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highest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is “69,”
to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) of Shuya,
Russia. She gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and
four sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy.
world’s oldest father is 93 years old and hails from the town of Ararat
in Western Virginia. Les Colley made history when his son Oswald was
born in July 1992. A non-drinker and non-smoker, Colley remained active
until his death of pneumonia four months shy of his 100th birthday.
youngest grandmother is Mum-Zi, a member of Chief Akkire’s harem on the
island of Calabar, Nigeria. She became a mother at age 8 and her daughter
also delivered a child at age 8, making Mum-Zi a grandmother at age 16.
youngest father in history is Sean Steard of Shambrook, England. He became
a father at the age of 12. He was given the day off from school
to be by the bedside of his teenage girlfriend Emma Webster when she gave birth.
Sean vowed to stand by his girlfriend and baby, vowing, “I want to be there
for the baby and to be part of it all.”
Wright became a father at 14-years old; his son Steven also became a father
at 14. Wright became a grandfather at 29 years old. Making
him the youngest grandfather in history.
WALKS ON ALL FOURS:
brothers and sisters who can only walk naturally on all fours (pictured above)
are being hailed as an insight into human evolution after being found in a remote
corner of rural Turkey.
believe that the family may provide invaluable information on how ‘Man,’ evolved
from a four-legged hominid to develop the ability to walk on two feet, more
than three million years ago.
siblings aged 18-34, live with their parents and 13 other brothers and sisters. They are believed to be mentally retarded; as a result of cerebellar
ataxia-an underdevelopment of the brain. Their mother and father are closely
related, and are believed to have passed down a unique combination of genes
resulting in the behavior.
discovery of this Kurdish family in Southern Turkey last July has triggered
a fierce debate. Two daughters and a son have only ever walked on two
palms and two feet, with their extended legs, while another daughter and son
occasionally manage a form of two-footed walking. The five can stand up
for a short time with both knees and head flexed.
documentary, “The Family That Walks On All Fours,” was broadcast on the BBC,
earlier this year.
“Timesonline.com,” and “National Geographic”
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