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 David Fuller

How would you know that " she was most likely not pregnant and that this was psychological"?
Try searching the history of this condition and see if you can come up with one instance of a C-section being performed as a result of this condition.

LilyCT LilyCT

I think since she has a doctor that treated her during her pregnancy, and she knew she was having a girl, the doctor, and or whomever attended her during the c-section are covering something up. Did they harm the baby? Did one of them know someone who wanted a baby and decide this girl was young enough she didn't deserve the baby, or some equally ignorant reason? I just think if she actually has  c-section scar then their whole "false pregnancy" story won't wash. I say they need to produce this poor girls baby, an fast.

P S I hadn't heard the story about the baby's head being pulled off, but the thought makes my stomach lurch.

Susan Ang

More than one headless baby case. St Louis, yes, but Brazil also:

CPN322 CPN322

This is such a strange case. I hope that if the child is alive somewhere, that she is reunited with her/him.

Off the topic, but, why do people get so defensive when someone corrects their spelling and/or grammar? If you are an adult that is no longer getting an education, how else are you going to learn?? Good lord people, learning is a good thing and we should NEVER stop doing so. God forbid someone correct you and teach you something.

Erin Wallace

If she was pregnant, her blood should show it in some way due to the baby;s blood typing. Also, the uterus would go through changes from being pregnant, there would be changes from the placenta being there, etc. The body changes so much from the hormones of pregnancy that there should be no question as to whether this woman was pregnant or not. It has to be a cover up. I hope she eventually gets some closure.

Ranti... RantingSyko

actually, there is more than one case of someone tearing off an infants head during delivery, one was in Brazil, the one with the doc trying to shove the baby back  inside and what not was in the states.

nonmember avatar Francesca

I think there is a rich American couple with a new beautiful Brazilian baby girl somewhere. Bought and paid for!

ladyd... ladydeath07

I think the hospital stole the baby. It's not so hard to believe in this current world. Being Braziland not knowing what is frowned upon there and the girl only 19 years old. They could have stolen the child blamed it on an illness and sold it to a rich family. But thats just my opinon. Why give her a C-section if there was no baby?


Chris Maloney

working on a labor and delivery unit I know phantom pregnancies are possible. I hope there was no foul play with this woman tho.

Teresa Banks

i believe the woman. stuff like this happens all the time, to top it off its brazil. what laws do they have in place, also why was she given prenatal care if it was a phantom baby. Without all the facts I believe the mother for now. Not much else I can say about it.

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