Claudia Aparecida Lopes
A father has accused a doctor of stealing the baby from his wife?s womb after she awoke from a C-section to be told her pregnancy had been ?imaginary?, it was reported today.
Brazilian Claudia Aparecida Lopes, 30, claimed she attended all her pre-natal appointments and even had two ultra-sound scans.
The last scan, at nine months, even showed the baby was in a breech position and needed to be delivered by caesarean, her family said.
But when she woke up from the procedure at a hospital in Alto Paranaiba, southeast Brazil, Ms Lopes was told there had never been a baby in her womb and she had imagined the pregnancy.
Ms Lopes husband, Alexandro Donizete Alves, 23, who reported the case to police, told Brazil?s G1 website he is ?indignant? and needs to know what really happened to his son, who would be the couple?s third child.
He said: ?My wife did a pregnancy test at the chemist and it was positive. 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.
He said his mother went with Ms Lopes for the operation at the Santa Terezinha hospital on Monday.
He said: ?My mother was waiting outside the operating room to be called, when the news came that it was just an imaginary pregnancy, that there had never been a baby in there, despite everything.