A mother whose unborn child was sliced from her womb with a razor blade has been reunited with the baby.
Heavily-pregnant Odete Barreto, 22, was hit over the head with a wooden plank and then opened up after being lured to her attacker Daiana dos Santos's home on the pretext of being given baby clothes.
As the 37 weeks pregnant mum lay unconscious, Santos cut out her baby.
The woman then ran out into the street claiming the baby was hers, but was apprehended. Neighbours then ran inside and found Odete lying in a pool of blood.
She and the baby were rushed to hospital and both stayed 15 days in intensive care in Manaus, northern Brazil.
And yesterday, Odete finally saw her baby for the first time – and both were allowed to leave hospital.
The events that led up to the attack are tragic in themselves. Santos believed she herself was pregnant but when she was told she wasn't she became hysterical.
According to police, she met her victim at the same health clinic where she had been given the bad news, and convinced her to come back with her to her house.
Police chief Adriano Feliz told Brazil's R7 website: "Doctors told her that she wasn't pregnant but that her bump was actually a myoma, she became hysterical, wanting to get a child any way she could.
"She was terrified that her husband would leave her when he discovered she wasn't expecting after all."
Odete saw her baby for the first time yesterday, when both were released from hospital.
Santos is in isolation in Manaus' Anisio Jobin women's prison charged with attempted murder.
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