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 Aileen

Ok, so the link mommyoffivecutties posted says "A spokesman for the hospital said exams performed before the 'delivery' proved she was not carrying a baby.", so why did they perform the c-section if they had already determined she was not pregnant??? Something is not right with this situation at all....

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/brazillian-woman-hospital-stole-baby-article-1.1266824#ixzz2LfAPZX6p

nonmember avatar Sara

Im unsure... Being there isn't any details released yet. Did the hospital admit to performing a c-section? If so then I believe she had to of really been pregnant & there's some foul play. & pray she gets her baby back. But if it was a phantom pregnancy without proof of actual c-section done its possible she could have so strongly believed she was pregnant, that she was crazy enough to cut herself (giving herself a c-section), causing her to pass out, then after receiving emergency treatment she wakes up & don't have a baby & she is cut in that area. And that's her only explanation for no baby.???

Erin Lang Enochs

This is crazy... I feel bad for the mom whatever happened.
As for the "headless baby" the most recent story was in Brazil but it has also happened in the states and elsewhere. http://www.nodeju.com/22525/baby-decapitated-during-birth.html

Amber Leigh Maunders-Delight

If she had a "C" section, there would be a scar and she would be in pain for several weeks after the fact.

Leslie Ann Balogh

Please, the story says the doctors performed a c- section. Was this a phantom of their imagination? I hope the truth comes out on this story. Right now you just wasted my time reading .

Marie Molnar

@mommyof5cuties the hedless baby was not in the states is was in brazil.


Kalypso Rose

Obviously it wasn't a phantom pregnancy because they did a c-section. Someone is lying and trying to make the mother feel as though she has lost her mind when she hasn't. You don't get prenatal care for a pregnancy that is supposedly "all in your head". Your body also doesn't exhibit true pregnancy symptoms even down to the positive test unless you have a pregnancy growing and not all pregnancies are the same. Not all women are the same and our bodies don't all do the same thing when we get pregnant. A woman knows her own body better than anyone else ever will and a mother can tell when something is wrong with her child or it has died. This is why I wouldn't let anyone else but my OB see me with my oldest and nobody could deliver my baby but my OB. It's easy for another doctor to interpret things like they want to in order to not have to treat the patient or address their concerns. I've also encountered nurses that are bad about doing that too. She should've demanded to see her doctor who had been taking care of her during her pregnancy. She's not crazy and they need to find her baby or at least have the balls to tell her if something happened to her baby girl. I'm praying for her, I would raise some serious hell if I were in her position!!

Rose Blankenship

She has a doctor who see did see throughout the pregnancy and says can be a witness that she was pregnant and that she was her doctor....they stole her baby.

Susan Dipzinski

Exactly. If it was only a phantom pregnancy then why whould the proform the c-section? A simple ultra sound would have shown that there was no baby. Thats just fishy to me. Something is missing here. I had a c-section because my daughter was breach and they even gave me an ultrasound the morning of my c-section to see if maybe she had turned, in which case they planned to send me home and let her come natural. They would not have gone to the trouble of cutting her open if there was no baby in there.

nonmember avatar Chrissy

Why do people always have to get on here and make stupid comments to another and call names? So what, someone was called out on her spelling. I don't believe Ashley was trying to be a bitch about it. Grow up people!

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