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Doctors Make Dubious Claim That New Mom’s Missing Baby Was A ‘Psychological Pregnancy’

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As if there aren’t enough things in the world to be terrified of, a woman in Brazil is claiming that doctors either stole or disposed of her baby after performing a c-section due to the child being in the breech position. The doctors are claiming that she imagined the pregnancy, but seeing as her husband attended multiple prenatal appointments, they physically saw the ultrasound and were even told the sex, I think that is highly unlikely.

Claudia Aparecida Lopes, a 30-year-old mom of two before this pregnancy, claims that she woke up from the cesarean procedure, hoping to see her newborn son, and was told she had a “psychological pregnancy.” Her husband, Alexandro Donizete Alves, quickly reported the incident to police:

“My wife did a pregnancy test at the chemist and it was positive. So we made a doctor’s appointment, and he confirmed the pregnancy, even telling us it was a boy. We paid for prenatal treatment and even went for ultrasound scans.During one of the two scans the doctor told us the birth couldn’t be natural because the child was sitting down, and it needed to be a caesarean.”

Lopes reportedly went in for the c-section earlier this week, and that no mention of a possible “imagined” pregnancy was ever brought up until after the procedure. YUP, something seems fishy about this scenario. Lopes and her husband weren’t the only two people invested in this pregnancy enough to know whether it was real or not. Alves own mother was also at the hospital when the “new” came. According to Alves:

“My wife had a huge cut across her belly and they simply told us that there wasn’t a baby after all, it was all psychological. That’s when I called the police and registered the occurrence.”

The doctor, Jose Tomaz de Olveira, reportedly had a visit with Lopes at the end of December and even prescribed prenatal vitamins to the mom-to-be. Nothing about this story makes any sense. Alves goes on to say:

“If the pregnancy was psychological, how come he accompanied the whole pregnancy. If it’s true, then I must have psychological problems too, because I saw the child on the ultrasound and so did he. I need to know if my son was in there, and what happened to him. I was the father and I have this right. Caesarean is a serious thing and you can’t go opening up a person without knowing for sure.The bedroom was all decorated ready for the baby to arrive, then we’re told he never existed at all. No-one can believe this is happening.”

Dr Oliveira told reporters that he had only seen Lopes two times and hadn’t personally done the ultrasound scans.Apparently the hospital records are being looked at by police, and he refused to comment further. According to various Brazilian news sites, this is just one of numerous similar stories that have been reported on in recent weeks. *Shudder*

Alves doesn’t know if this is a case of malpractice and a cover up, or something even more sinister, such as an abduction Right now I’m sure he just wants to know what happened to his son.

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  • keelhaulrose

    Ultrasounds of psychological pregnancies do not show fetuses, especially those developed enough to determine sex. If the ultrasound tech can’t tell the difference between an empty uterus and an occupied one they need to lose their job.
    Something smells fishy here. I bet something happened in that operating room no one is willing to admit.

    • Natasha B

      The link reports similar stories in 3 other women…call me a conspiracy theorist but I smell a whole police/dr setup making tons of money selling babies. I wonder if there’s more cases, where the women are told the infants died, etc.

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    Can’t any OB tell if a woman just had a baby by an exam? (I admit I’m getting this info from Law and Order and other police shows where they say….oh, the victim just had a baby, we’d better find it). The police should just need someone not from that particular hospital to examine her.

    • Lackadaisical

      Well she would be bleeding onto maternity pads and would have been lactating when it had just happened for starters. I assume there must be physical signs of a recent pregnancy but we probably need a commenter with a medical background to confirm it to us. I also find it unlikely that they would cut her open without prodding her and checking heartbeats first. If all you have to do to get a c section is wave a scan to say the baby is breach when you show up then the doctors are rather incompetent.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      Yeah, I forgot about all that unfun bleeding/lactating. Unless you do that with a psychological pregnancy?????

    • Bunny Lucia

      You can lactate without having a child. It is a psychological thing. But bleeding is pretty hard to fake, unless the doctor wants to claim he gave a non-fatal nick to her uterus that also bleeds out chunks.

    • Tinyfaeri

      I think there’s some scarring/injury to the wall of the uterus where the placenta attaches, which is also where you bleed from during post partum hemorrhage if you have it (happens when the walls of the uterus don’t contract fast enough to close down the wound left by the placenta). Also, I think a uterus of someone who has never had a child is smaller that someone who has.

    • AP

      I believe it’s possible to track fetal DNA in the mother’s blood, as the mother and baby are sharing a blood supply via the placenta. I’m not sure how long it remains in her system after the baby is born.

  • Kay_Sue

    This story is crazy. You can imagine a pregnancy, but you have a hell of a brain if you can imagine a fetus that is visible on an ultrasound–let alone on two separate ultrasounds. And if they are hacking people open based on invisible babies, that’s a problem.

    It’s terrifying to think that this could be human trafficking–the younger, the better, so to speak, and other countries have had problems with babies being stolen at or shortly after birth–or malpractice cover up.

    It’s also sick to think that if this is a plot–well, what better way than to convince the woman to have an unnecessary C-section? You can put her out cold, and do what you want, you can argue against having her husband in the operating room (because sanitation, even if it’s not a truly valid excuse). It would essentially be the absolute easiest way to rob a woman and her baby of every single possible advocate for them.

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  • Natasha B

    This is frightening!!! Something happened in that OR-or that Dr just made a crapton of money selling a baby. Scary.

  • Emil

    This is the most bizarre thing I have ever heard. I very much hope there will be updates about this. I will be forever wanting to know the real story here.

  • Emil

    I have seen psychological pregnancies including women who thought they were in labor. I’ve never seen anything like this with multiple family members involved.

  • Lindsay

    Supposedly there’s a whole business in newborn trafficking like this. There was a (Lifetime) movie I watched based on a true story where they would basically do something similar to this in more impoverished areas- the woman would be alone, the baby would be sick, etc, and they would claim the baby had died or was stillborn and then sell the baby off to an adoption agency, who would sell them to adoptive parents who didn’t know the difference. A lot of these people don’t know what else to do, so they assume the baby really did pass away and never question it. Luckily (or unluckily) these parents are willing to question what happened. I hope they find the baby and some resolution; this is really atrocious :(

  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    I’m thinking these babies are being sold.

  • gothicgaelicgirl

    Ok, I’ll be frank.
    Due to the Implanon implant, I experienced a phantom pregnancy for several months. Back ache, sore nipples, no period, even had milky discharge from my nipples, swollen boobs, and was CONVINCED several times that I felt something moving.
    Went to the doc, he did a test that said positive. Took me to the clinic, did an Ultrasound- NO BABY!

    Apparently it’s a lot more common than people think!

    Thankfully it went away after a few more weeks, but it seems this is a common issue with the implant.

    Tell ya, frightened seven kinds of shite out of me though

  • Alexandra

    Great – 3 months before my C-section….glad my husband will be in the room with me and my mother will stay with me while he DOESN’T LET THOSE BABIES OUT OF HIS SIGHT!
    This poor family, but it sounds like an abduction/baby selling scheme to me.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    Oh my goodness, what a nightmare.