10 Mar '11, 1am

A woman from Romania has become the world's youngest grandmother at the age of 23

A woman from Romania has become the world's youngest grandmother at the age of 23. Mrs Ridca Stanescu was only 11 when she married 13-year-old jewellery-seller Ionel Stanescu, reported British tabloid The Sun. A year later, she had her first child Maria. Mrs Stanescu then had a son, Nicolae, when she was 13. She said she urged Maria to stay in school and not to follow in her footsteps. But her daughter married when she was 10 years old. Six months later, she gave birth to a son at age 11. Though marrying young is a way of life in the Romanian gypsy culture, Mrs Stanescu said she wanted more for her daughter. "I am happy to be a grandmother but I wished something else for Maria - and something else for me," she said.

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