Friday, April 03, 2009

5 Year Old Mother?!

Well slap me with some shock!

I was on Twitter and noticed a Catholic posted that the youngest mother in world was only 5 years old. How could I believe that? I thought surely that this nice person must have read a snopes story or something.

Here lies the shock! It's true!!

Apparently there was a little girl-the said 5 year old-from Peru. She in fact gave birth at the age of 5 years, 7 a healthy baby boy.
Her family suspected she was suffering from a tumor in the stomach, and when they finally made it to the larger city for medical help, they learned she was already 7 months pregnant!


According to the article, this girl had been experiencing menstrual cycles from 8 months of age due to a hormonal abnormality. 8 months!! Pre-modern medicine days. Wow.

I found this to be too interesting to not post. There I sat in disbelief, and here you might be doing the same. Crazy, isn't it?

Read the story here.


~Billie~ said...

Oh my gosh! It's completely sad... that poor girls body could not have possibly been ready for that. A baby would be close to a quarter of her size! Crazy!

Domanda3 said...

That's crazy and very sad too. I can't believe they let the father out of jail. That's sick.

Sue said...


Sharon said...

One thing to say is that it was noted that they never had any proof that it was her father who impregnated her.
I know it's LIKELY, but we have to account for the time period (1930's), as well as the fact that at that time, families lived in extended family communities. Uncles were seen daily, etc. it very well could have been anyone.

I just hate t assume the worst on the father, that's all.

Bethany said...

Wow, that's beyond crazy and so sad.

Jessica said...

wow - that's just crazy. Just when I thought I've heard it all.

Andrea said...

I should read the article. That's sad though. =(

Patty Arnold said...

I find the sexual abuse more shocking than the pregnancy, even though the former is common and the latter unheard of. Why is that do you suppose?