Imagine becoming a grandparent at the age of 23? Rifca Stanescu, a woman from the Romanian town of Investi, became the world’s youngest grandmother when she was just 23 years old.
Maria, Stanescu’s daughter, became pregnant when she was 11. Then she gave birth to her son Ion at age 12.
“The birth made Rifca a grandmother at age 23, and her mother a great-grandmother at age 40,” said Newcastle Herald.
In fact, two-year-old Ion is supposedly “engaged to an eight-year-old local girl.”
So how did young Maria ended up with a child? Well, Rifca’s parents promised a family that Rifca would marry their son. Rifca was just two years old at that time. But when she turned 11, she and the man eloped (They are still married).
“I wanted to marry him … and of course after we had spent the night together then there was no way anyone could separate us,” Rifca told The Sun.
One year after being married, Rifca became pregnant with Maria.
“Rifca said she begged Maria to stay in school and finish her education, but she, too, married young, and was pregnant within six months.” Rifca said she is pleased to be a grandmother but preferred another way of life for herself and Maria.
Nevertheless, she stated that she did not try to prevent her child from getting married at such a young age since that is their tradition.
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