Kordeza – The World’s Youngest Mother

Kordeza Zhelyazkova, an 11-year-old girl from Bulgaria gave birth to a daughter, Violeta, during her wedding and became the youngest mother in the world.

Like all childhood love stories, Kordeza’s began at the playground. She was being harassed by a group of bullies, when Jeliazko Dimitrov, a 19-year-old boy appeared as her knight in shining armor. He rescued her and that’s when their romantic tale started. The young man thought she was 15 and she never revealed her real age, for fears he wouldn’t want to be with her. As the consentment limit in Bulgaria is 14, their sleeping together seemed normal to Jeliazko, but he didn’t plan on leaving her pregnant.

In Kordeza’s home town of Sliven, girls getting married as early as 13-years-old is tradition, but she pushed the envelope and even threw a pregnancy into the mix. Her family put together a Roma wedding, so the baby would be born to a real family. But the little one was too anxious and Kordeza went into labour on the second day of her wedding and was rushed to the hospital dressed in her wedding dress.

Now she might be forced to raise her child as a single mother, as her young husband faces jailtime for sleeping with a minor.

Photos by NEWS OF THE WORLD

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  • Jasmine W. Posted on November 5, 2009

    She’s not even close to being the youngest mother in the world. The youngest is 3-years-old. But, nice article though.

  • Jessica Coon Posted on November 6, 2009

    Im really not sure about the 3 year old. Their is no way how???

  • joegrimjow Posted on November 14, 2009

    at least she now to love her child ;-)

  • Whatever Posted on November 16, 2009

    3 years old? Right, that sounds almost as fake as you do! Idiot!

  • Heaven Posted on November 17, 2009

    I don’t know about a 3 year old but there has been a 5 year old… Look it up. She started her period at 9 months though so if she’d been raped when she was 3 she definitely could have gotten pregnant so check it out before you go calling people idiots… if you didn’t even bother to look it up before jumping to conclusions you aren’t so bright yourself. It’s not so hard to go to google and type in “3 year old mother”… haven’t looked it up yet myself but I’m not being rude about it before I have. Look up the 5 year old. It’s true.

  • Heaven Posted on November 17, 2009

    An amendment to my other post: a different source than the one I found previously states that the girl (who was a Peruvian girl named Lina Medina) started menstruating at 3 years, not 9 months. She gave birth to a baby boy (by c-section obviously) in May of 1939. The parents raised the boy as her brother instead of her son and he did not know until he was 10 that his “sister” was actually his mother. Also she did not have another child until 1972 33 years after her first son.

  • SJd Posted on November 20, 2009

    3 years old..!!

    Are you nuts? its not even practically possible even if you tries to do that because its necessary first for a girl to reach a age when her mentural periods will start and then she can get pregnant and that time comes at the age of atleast 8 or above..

  • Shan Posted on November 28, 2009

    Some young girls get their periods at an extremely young age. It’s rare of course, but it does happen.

  • Kim Posted on December 31, 2009

    Many of you are very foolish. I don’t know about a three year old, but the five year old is true. As for when she began her mensus there is some debate. One publication says she was eight months old while a second states she was two and a half years old (not three), there is no doubt, however, that she did indeed deliver a baby boy by c-section when she was only five years, seven months and twenty-one days old herself securing her status as the youngest recorded mother in the world thus far. This young lady, Kordeza, is not even the youngest current mother. There was an eight year old from Peru in 2006, a nine year old from Brazil in 2006, and a ten year old from St. Anthony Idaho USA in 2008. Before you go and call something impossible, educate yourselves. I, personally, have a four year old daughter who has begun her mensus, it is extremely rare, but it has been known to happen.

  • ross Posted on January 24, 2010

    Thats the problem with people theses days, they think that since they made it this far that they have learned all they need and go of what sounds right and don`t go find out for themselves when it is as easy as typing a question in the search bar. what people really need to be worried about and educating themselves on is the New World Order that is trying to be set up…. AWAKE SHEEPEL!!!

  • Stephy Posted on January 26, 2010

    I saw the article about the 5 year old mother online myself not too long ago. It happened in the 30’s in Peru. The parents brought her to the hospital because she had a tumor in the abdomen, and the doctor told the family she was pregnant! The baby was delivered via C-section, and so far that is the youngest mother documented. Her name is Lina Medina. Look it up.

  • Soda Secen Posted on February 1, 2010

    The 5-Years old case I think her father actually did it.

  • NOx monitors Posted on February 4, 2010

    Lina Medina was 5 years old when she became a mother. This is true. And Lina is still alive today. She is living in poverty and is seeking for help. I hope the government or someone near her can help her. What happened to her was a thing of the past. She needs help now.

  • sheena Posted on February 11, 2010

    I’m really feeling sorry, not for the youngest mothers in the world, but for their babies.. I wish I could help them.. oh, my gosh! I mean, I hope I can come to their particular areas, but I really can’t… whatever.. I hope Shellyna Naneen Deguilmo can read my comments… because she’s bitch {according to her}….

  • pakesz Posted on February 20, 2010

    what is so odd about it?
    they are gipsies, this is their culture
    check Kusturica: “Crna macka, beli macor”
    if you watch that movie then you will have some knowledge about them

  • angel Posted on February 22, 2010

    Jasmine W. your comment is just a bunch of bull, a three year old girl is not even fully developed reproductively are you just plain f@cking stupid. Or did you not finish School? I am Going to college to become a doctor and you are one of the most ignorant people I have seen write a comment about anything. And for Nox Monitors and all of you who say that three year olds and five year old are having babies I wish I could punch you in the face. Morons all of you The reproductive organs of a female is not fully developed until the girl is around 10-11 years old That is when the girls body starts relesing the eggs that HAVE TO BE PRESENT CALL OVULATION WHITCH IN TURN IS THE MENSTRAL CYCLE. And you should really do research on your own to reliable sites that offer truth not ficticious lies. That is all I have to say about that. But children having children is plain stupid and a perfect example of piss poor parenting.

  • Zigs Posted on February 24, 2010

    angel

    Dont display your ignorance please. We are talking about medical phenomenon here, not everyday cases.

    There is a medical condition known as precocious puberty where girls start their mensus earlier than normal.

    In extreme cases, the girl can be less than 10, and the lowest confirmed cases as mentioned above is of Lina Medina.

  • katie Posted on February 26, 2010

    Females are born with all of the fully developed gametes (eggs) that they will ever release in their lives. The release of these gametes is regulated by hormone levels. Normally this starts to happen around the ages of 10-12, but any irregularity that would cause the early onset of hormone fluctuation would induce premature gamete release and the possibility of pregnancy.

  • Jack Posted on March 4, 2010

    Last I knew the youngest was 4 years old, but this definitely isn’t the youngest.

  • Kez Posted on March 8, 2010

    Either way she’s still way too young to have kids… all of the above are.

  • Andie Posted on March 10, 2010

    Angel – what an idiot!

  • Alison Posted on March 12, 2010

    Angel – if you actually read the posts you would notice that the people who asserted that the youngest mother was 3 had been rebutted by people who actually did their research. Unlike you.

    What bothers me about “youngest mothers” isn’t them – they’re just kids, and things happen to kids that are way beyond their ability to control or even influence. What bothers me is the fathers. The story above makes sense because from the photos it is obvious that this girl could pass for 15, so I have sympathy for her boyfriend/husband as well. It isn’t unusual anywhere in the world for 15 year old girls to be sexually active.

    But the younger ones! There are cultures which impose motherhood on girls at the earliest possible moment. Girls giving birth in Africa at the age of 11 are neither rare nor unusual. Many of them end up with fistulas that interfere with their ability to function, cause family and village to reject them, and effectively destroy their lives. Their “husbands,” after getting rid of them because of the damage the pregnancy did to them, go on to “marry” other little girls and sometimes have exactly the same thing happen again.

    The fact that this is socially acceptable in their culture makes me nauseous.

    Kordeza Zhelyazkova is very fortunate that her body was in fact as developed as most 15 year olds. The fact that her boyfriend is facing the possibility of jail is sad and may even seem unfair – but I’d rather live in a world where a young man who makes a mistake is held accountable than one where grown men and women think it’s ok to destroy children – for any reason whatsoever.

  • marissa Posted on March 14, 2010

    wow…she really doesn’t look 11, even I would have thought 16. That’s no excuse though for not even asking her age :|. At least the guy is taking responsibility, as creepy as it is.

  • Ish Posted on March 15, 2010

    I personally know a girl who gave birth at the age of 9(raped by a neighbor) and know a few girls who have started their menses in pre-school. It is not a common thing, but it happens. Girls are menstruating at younger ages now because of all the hormones our foods now. Can you believe a 7 year old growing breasts? It has happened. I read about the Lina Mendez story 2 years ago. Yes, people it is possible for a 5 year old to get pregnant. Just not common.

    People who are up here calling people idiots and “sheeple” need to stop being so ignorant and find out facts first…research people….not just googling…go read a dang book sometime…go to the library…READ PEOPLE READ!

  • Gir Posted on March 25, 2010

    I read about the 5 year old girl, Lina Medina, a few months ago. Like everybody else who’s done the research, we’ve found she’s the youngest girl to give birth so far. As for whether it’s caused by hormones in food, I’m going to do more research before I agree on that one. But, yes. It’s uncommon, but it does happen.

  • Gie Posted on April 2, 2010

    Yeah its true, the youngest mother is Lena Medina, she got pregnant at the age of 5……she lost her virginity when she was 4! But she started to have a monthly period at the age of 3.

    :D

  • Hari Posted on April 16, 2010

    She is the current world's youngest mother. So what if someone at the age of 5 gave birth, how old is she now?
    8 yo gave birth in 2008, that leaves her late 11 now, and thus older than Kordeza. Just use some common sence to understand what the title means

  • L Posted on April 23, 2010

    Think you’ll find girls as young as 3 can infact go through the menstrual cycle and puberty. It’s not common, but it happens.
    Just as some girls don’t go through puberty until they’re well into their 20’s.

    You obviously didn’t know, but female reproductive systems have all of the elements needed for actually producing kids upon birth. Most women’s just aren’t active until early adolescence.

    Also if your child has a child themselves, it doesn’t make you a bad parent. People have this little thing called ‘free will’ you see.

    I feel sorry for the trauma the poor girl has gone through.

  • Jesse Posted on May 25, 2010

    O.o I'm 18 and she looks older than I do. Wow, eleven-years-old is definitely too young to have a child – she's still a kid herself! – but she's already a mom, and he seems to be standing by her. I really wish them luck. I hope they can make it as a family; it'd be a shame if they did put him in jail. She consented, he's only a few years older than her, and now they're married :( they'd be breaking them up to do that to him. Damn. I pray for the future of that cute little girl, too. Raising a family at those ages is going to be hard for them, especially if she has to do it alone.

  • Jesse Posted on May 25, 2010

    O.o I'm 18 and she looks older than I do. Wow, eleven-years-old is definitely too young to have a child – she's still a kid herself! – but she's already a mom, and he seems to be standing by her. I really wish them luck. I hope they can make it as a family; it'd be a shame if they did put him in jail. She consented, he's only a few years older than her, and now they're married :( they'd be breaking them up to do that to him. Damn. I pray for the future of that cute little girl, too. Raising a family at those ages is going to be hard for them, especially if she has to do it alone.

  • christankay Posted on November 22, 2010

    u guys tart dis all

  • poorlykid Posted on June 13, 2011

    This is way to young. if it was by accident, like Lina Medina’s that, i think wold be okay. But if she and her parents thought it was okay they should come to Australia and see what the rules for pregnancy well marriage was they would probably feel sorry for us. But still i wish her, her family and her baby luck and i am glad that she doesnt want any more children!!!

  • Neasha Posted on June 20, 2011

    Omg Shee is soooo young what the hell is she thinking about? Having sex, sex shouldnt bee on her mind at all… And she had a wedding unun lol she will regrat it… shee still in elementry mannn 0oh honey sit dow some where in focus on school

  • Destiny Posted on September 13, 2011

    As a medical student at ALbert Einstein Medical School, i can say from all my studying and work that there are cases of premature menstruation, though it was more uncommon back then. Today premature menstruation is showing up alot more often. However many doctors are still unsure as to why this is. there are many theories as to why. This condition is not the only condition of premature development. Progeria is a condition in which children manifest aging qualities or in other words they look elderly and show many symptoms/signs of aging (loss of hair, wrinkled skin, etc.). If you guys have any questions as to what i have written comment back