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World’s youngest granny, a Romanian, is just 23

A wife told yesterday how she be­came the world’s youngest gran – at just 23, The Sun reports. Mum-of-two Rifca Stanescu was 12 when she had her first child Maria. She urged the girl not to follow her example – but Maria gave birth to son Ion while only 11. Rifca had married je­welry seller Ionel Stanescu when she was 11 and he was 13. They eloped because Rifca feared her fa­ther wanted her to marry another village lad in Investi, Romania. She was forgiven when she had her daugh­ter – making her mum, also Maria, a great-gran at 40. Son Ni­colae was born a year later. The young mum later tried to persuade Maria to stay at school. But Maria left to wed when she was ten – and had her baby six months later. Rifca cuddled grandson Ion, now two, and said: “I am happy to be a grand­mother but wished more for Maria.”

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