For the second time in recent month in Brazil, a pregnant woman awoke from a Caesarian section to be told by doctors that she was never pregnant.
Claudia Aparecida Lopes, 30, was pregnant, or told she was pregnant, for 9 months. After going to the hospital to give birth, and being cut open during a Caesarian section, doctors told her there was nothing there.
Her husband, 23-year-old Alexandro Donizete Alves, knows there’s something more to this story.
“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.”
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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,” Brazilian 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.”