Imagine if you were expecting five babies, but the pregnancy was a lie.
Well, that devastatingly happened to Canadian man Paul Servat.
Servat was excited, and ready, to become a father. His girlfriend, expected to deliver quintuplets, showed all the signs of pregnancy. However, when it came time to deliver the babies, a nurse had to pull Servat aside and deliver the news: his girlfriend was not carrying any children, and there was no record of a pregnancy.
According to the Huffington Post, Servat stated, "We were so happy...even my parents, they were so looking forward to having grandchildren. I lost my whole life."
The Toronto Sun reports that Servat's girlfriend's stomach swelled, she lactated, she had morning sickness, and they graciously accepted donations from friends, family, and members of the community.
Servat is now looking for answers as to what happened, and how he could have missed it.
"Genevieve Laflamme, a mother of triplets who befriended the couple, told CTV News that parts of the woman's story didn't add up. Laflamme became skeptical after the woman kept adding to the number of expected children - first one, then two, then three, four and five," states the Huffington Post.
An obstetrician and gynecologist in Montreal told CTV that the girlfriend may have had pseudocyesis, a condition where physical signs of pregnancy exist, but there's no actual pregnancy. A more common term for this condition is "phantom pregnancy."
The Huffington Post reports that Servat will return all of the donations, or he will give them away.
Servat's girlfriend is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation; we wish both of them the best.
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