Woman Accuses Hospital of Stealing Her Baby After She Gives Birth, but the Truth May Be Even Weirder

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baby bootiesThe accusation is shocking and horrific if true. Layane Santos, 19, says she was 38 weeks pregnant when she was rushed to the hospital in December. She passed out at some point during what she says was a C-section, and her baby daughter, whom she'd already named Sofia, was gone before she ever saw her -- stolen right from her womb.

But doctors at Santa Casea de Maua, the Brazilian hospital where the woman was treated, say that's not the case. According to The Sun, they say Santos was never actually pregnant. Instead they say she was suffering from a "phantom pregnancy" or "psychological pregnancy."

Santos vehemently disagrees. She says she received prenatal care throughout her pregnancy, and nurses measured her baby and heard her heartbeat.  A doctor, Uesley Lima, says she was involved in Santos' prenatal care and will be a witness, which definitely adds more questions.

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Santos  told The Sun, "I can’t believe that a child who weighed 7lbs could just disappear in blood. I think they stole the baby, or the baby died while she was being delivered and they didn’t want to tell us what happened."

It does sound bizarre, but phantom pregnancies do happen. According to Psychology Today, the condition known as pseudocyesis, occurs in 1 to 6 of every 22,000 pregnancies. Doctors say it often happens when a woman "obsesses over pregnancy out of desire or fear." They may have many of the symptoms of pregnancy; some even begin lactating.

It's such a strange story, and heartbreaking no matter which way it turns out. I suppose there's the possibility that she was pregnant and her baby was stolen. But if that's the case, it should be quite easy to prove via medical records, which the hospital says it can do though hasn't yet. My guess is that she was likely never really pregnant and it was as doctors say, really a psychological condition -- as hard as it may be for Santos to accept. Either way, however, I hope she gets the answers and help she needs.

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nonmember avatar kristyn

Who the heck wrote this??? "My guess is she was never really pregnant"???? Really??? She had an OB, ultrasounds, and a c-section. Sounds pretty pregnant to me

Abbys... AbbysMom1017

Even if she wasn't really pregnant, this woman believed she was and either way, when you lose a baby it is THE most horrific feeling and this woman needs help and prayers either way. Because ultimately either way it ends up she's still mourning a loss. She very well could have thought up the whole pregnancy because she had already had a previous misscariage and never properly grieved about it. My heart goes out to this woman....I know how losing a pregnancy feels I wouldn't wish it on anyone wether it was real or imagined.

nonmember avatar Casey

I'm actually wondering if she didn't have a c section a week or 2 before. And was having a ghost labor afterwards? Or they could have stolen the baby idk. There's a million things we could think of that happened

AnikaT AnikaT

wow people! you are nasty with each other!

the comments are for opinions

like I tell my kids - if you don't have something nice to say to someone. don't say anything at all

nonmember avatar Missi

I seriously doubt a doctor would agree to testify that she provided prenatal care if it was a false pregnancy. Unless this womans psychosis was so severe her mind conjured up ultrasound pics,the hospital is covering something. I think the baby was either stolen or killed during delivery and they were trying to avoid a lawsuit.

MrsCr... MrsCrissyHall

They do exploratory c-sections in Brazil? I think she was pregnant because what doctor in is right mind would preform a c-section just to check?! I really hope she finds out what heppend. And if the baby is still alive I hope she will be able to get her back.

nonmember avatar mark

To Julie Ryan Evans: What do you base your assumption on that it was a phantom pregnancy? In the article you state evidence pointing to the contrary. The woman has witnesses of heartbeat and size, i would imagine that she has a c-section scar, and the hospital has yet to produce anything corroborating their story. I find your conclusion strange.

shell3m shell3m

I wonder if the doctor cut the baby and it died and now he's trying to cover it up.  :(  That poor woman.  :(

nonmember avatar porterrose

Very sad,i hope this is all handled and no one else ever has to deal with such a traumatic experience. The young lady and her family are in my thoughts and prayers. AS For all you catty snotty chicks who like to call People out praying for you too this isn't High school! Stop being so mean we are supposed to be encouraging and uplifting to one another not competing. Y'all just crack me up.

mlg1989 mlg1989

Yea I feel like they are covering something up. Why go into surgery if they knew no child was there?!

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