A woman got the shock of her life after she woke up from a C-section and was told by her doctor that she was not pregnant but had only imagined being pregnant.
Her husband has accused the 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’,
The 30-year-old Brazilian, Claudia Aparecida Lope claimed she attended all her pre-natal appointments and even had two ultra-sound scans stating that 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.
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.
‘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 the doctor who performed the operation, Jose Tomaz de Oliveira, had seen his wife at the end of December and had even prescribed vitamins designed for pregnant mothers.
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.’
‘I need to know if my son was in there, and what happened to him. I was the father and I have this right.
‘Caesarean is a serious thing and you can't go opening up a person without knowing for sure.
‘The bedroom was all decorated ready for the baby to arrive, then we're told he never existed at all. No-one can believe this is happening.’
However the accused Dr Oliveira told the G1 website that he had only seen Ms Lopes twice and hadn't personally done the ultrasound scans.
He added that the hospital had already handed over records to police and couldn't comment further on the case.
Civil police chief Claudia Coelho Franchi confirmed he had ordered an investigation into the case, including tests to find out if Ms Lopes had been pregnant.
Ms Lopes husband, Alexandro Donizete Alves, 23, who reported the case to police, told Brazil's G1 he is ‘indignant’ and needs to know what really happened to his son, who would be the couple's third child.