‘Phantom’ Pregnancy or a Stolen Baby!?*
By Jonathan Wolfe
For the second time in a month, a pregnant mother has awoken from a caesarian section only to be told she was never pregnant at all.
The latest apparent victim in the scheme is 30-year-old Claudia Aparecida Lopes. But Lopes’ husband, 23-year-old Alexandro Donizete Alves, knows something strange is going on. He’s reported the incident to police and is determined to find out why his newborn child has been taken from him.
“My wife did a pregnancy test at the chemist and it was positive,” Alves said.
“So we made a doctor’s appointment, and he confirmed the pregnancy, even telling us it was a boy. We paid for pre-natal 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.”
Ms. Lopes was prescribed vitamins specifically for pregnant mothers, altered her diet, and took every other health precaution pregnant women do. Why wouldn’t she? She was pregnant. Alves knows the doctor’s story that the pregnancy was imaginary isn’t true.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Now, both the civil police and the Medical Council of Minas Gerais (CRM-MG) state are investigating the incident.
“We’re going to hear witnesses and examine all the documents,” Civil Police Chief Claudia Franchi said. “The inquiry will be concluded in 30 days, but it is too early to draw any conclusions.”
Alexandre Rodrigues of the CRM-MG also spoke on his organization’s coming investigation.
“At the moment I don’t know who falsified what,” Rodrigues said.
“We don’t yet know why a caesarian was carried out and everything has to be investigated.
We could we dealing with a psychiatrically-disturbed patient. The investigation is to find out exactly where and in what moment the error occurred.We will examine the two ultrasound scans presented by the patient and find out if the doctor carried out the caesarian just on the basis of seeing the scans. We have the testimonies of both parties and they will be investigated.”