Columbian Woman Kidnapped, Has Unborn Child Taken From Her Womb

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 24, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 24, 2004

Bogota, Columbia ( — Police have arrested a woman suspected in the kidnapping of an unborn child from a pregnant woman who was drugged and had a Caesarean-section performed on her.

Sol Angela Cartagena, who was eight-months pregnant, was having a drink in a hospital cafeteria with her two year-old daughter when she became lightheaded and fainted. When she awoke, she found herself in the Columbian countryside next to her daughter.

She said a woman had carried her to a remote hillside.

"When I woke up I was in the countryside with my 2-year-old daughter beside me," Cartagena told RCN television.

"I felt as if they had thrown hot water on me, and then I saw a stream of boiling blood," she said. "My little girl said the woman had wrapped the baby in a sheet and had left quite calmly."

She said someone had performed a Caesarean-section on her and taken her baby.

According to an Associated Press report, OBGYN Carlos Cespedes confirmed someone performed the surgery on Cartagena and took her baby. He also confirmed Cartagena was drugged prior to the operation.

"This is the strangest thing I’ve seen in my professional career, and I believe this patient had all the luck in the world in not dying before getting to the hospital," he told AP.

Gustavo Silva said authorities may have tracked down the woman who took the baby.

Sila told AP that police received tips from people who had seen the woman with a baby and knew she had not been pregnant. They wondered where she obtained the child.

The baby was dehydrated by otherwise in good medical condition.

Columbia has one of the highest kidnapping rates in the world.