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

by Julie Ryan Evans on February 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM

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.

What do you think of this story?


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  • jennie
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    jennie

    February 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM
    something is weird about this story. there would be no need to perform a c-section if there was no pregnancy!
  • mommy...
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    mommyof5cutties

    February 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM
    That's what I was just about to say Jennie.. I agree totally... I think they most likely injured the newborn killing it and now they are covering it up. That's not right...
  • mommy...
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    mommyof5cutties

    February 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM
    Also how did she know it was a girl did she receive an ultrasound? I'm very curious of the details.. anyone have any other links about this story?
  • the4m...
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    the4mutts

    February 19, 2013 at 11:07 AM
    Sounds like theyre hiding something. Wasnt it this same area that had a dr who accidently RIPPED A BABY'S HEAD OFF, shoved it back inside the mother, then delivered csection, and then tried to sew it back on to cover his mistake?
    If Im correct, I think this whole country needs some investigation into their handling of delivering babies.
  • mommy...
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    mommyof5cutties

    February 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM
    http://m.nydailynews.com/1.1266824

    Here is states she had an ultrasound

  • mommy...
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    mommyof5cutties

    February 19, 2013 at 11:10 AM
    Re: The4mutts no this took place in Brazil and the "headless baby" took place in the states
  • Irela...
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    Ireland69

    February 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    If she has scars then that's the proof something happened


  • Katie...
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    Katie Hesney Johnson

    February 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    If there is a certified doctor saying that he/she was involved in prenatal care, then something is not right, at all!!! 


  • Ashley
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    Ashley

    February 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM
    Mommyoffivecutties, the story she is talking about did take place in Brazil. Also, your name says "cutties" not "cuties" which I'm guessing was not your intent.
  • Jellyca
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    Jellyca

    February 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM
    Hey Ashley, do you feel like a big girl now that you called someone out on spelling? Good for you, let's celebrate.
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