A exandro Donizete Alves and Claudia Aparecida Lopes, a couple living in southeast Brazil, are infuriated over their 2014 experience at a hospital in Alto Paranaiba. According to the Daily Mail, Lopes went into the hospital to have a cesarean section performed after doctors advised her to have the procedure because her baby was in a sitting position and couldn't be delivered naturally.
After agreeing to the procedure and undergoing the surgery, Lopes awoke to news that both shocked and enraged her and her husband. HNGN reports that following the surgery, doctors informed Lopes that there was never a baby inside of her, and that she merely imagined the pregnancy.
Both Lopes and her husband were outraged. The couple claimed that they attended all the necessary prenatal appointments, received two ultrasounds and were even told that they were having a baby boy, as described by the Daily Mail.
Now, Alves is accusing the hospital of having stolen their baby from his wife's womb during her C-section.
"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," Alves told the Daily Mail.
The case is being investigated by local authorities.
This isn't the first time a situation like this has happened. The incidents are being called "phantom" pregnancies and a number of them have occurred in Brazil, the Daily Mail reports.