I was wrong…

Wired pointed out that on this day in 1939, a Peruvian girl gave birth to a son at the age of 5.  The urban legend watchdog site Snopes confirms the veracity of this story, and it’s repeated on thousands of other webpages.   Lina Medina experienced precocious puberty, so she had her first period at 8 months and became fully sexually developed within a few years.  In case you’d rather not stumble upon it, be advised that there is a nude photo of her on Wikipedia and other sites. 

Her parents didn’t even realize she was pregnant until they took her to see the doctor about the massive “tumor” growing in her belly!  This 1939 TIME article shows the early skepticism among medical professionals in the United States, but from current accounts, it sounds as if they came to accept the story as true and unsuccessfully tried to get the girl up for a visit.  Apparently, there was a similar pregnancy with a 6-year old Russian girl, and precocious puberty is known to show up from time to time. 

My tennis coach in Nigeria showed me a tabloid newspaper article about some Argentinian girl having a child at the age of 4, and I argued with him about whether or not that was possible.  Now about 15 years later I finally found out I was wrong! 

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7 Responses to “I was wrong…”

  1. thanks! haha thats sweet of u but i usually dont like it anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ but hey, maybe someday i’ll like it

  2. who are the demented men having sex with these poor children. this makes me want to cry.

  3. yeah, i’m with liz.

  4. wow.  that’s so sad.  I’m with liz too.

  5. it’s a fallen, fallen world. Ugh.

  6. for sure it is sick, good thing you are humble, way to admit you are wrong ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. yeah oprah did a whole show on the child sex trade… i know in south africa there is a myth that having sex with a baby will cure their aids. its just aweful.

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