Baby Boy Cut From His Mother’s Stomach In ‘Womb Raider’ Attack Making Miraculous Recovery

Yovani Lopez was savagely ripped from the stomach of his mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, on April 23.

Now against all odds, the baby boy who lost his mom in the shocking Chicago “womb raider” attack has taken his first breath unaided. 

Yovani Lopez is now six weeks old.

Baby Boy Cut From His Mother's Stomach In 'Womb Raider' Attack Making Miraculous Recovery

Prosecutors allege that 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa lured 19-year-old Ochoa-Lopez to her home on the Southwest Side with the promise of free baby clothes.

She then allegedly strangled and killed Ochoa-Lopez with the help of her daughter Desiree. According to CNN, Figueroa and her daughter were charged with first-degree murder and battery of a child last week.

Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40, was charged with concealing the death of a person and concealing a homicidal death.

Figueroa was arrested on May 15, after a DNA test was performed on baby Yovani. Figueroa pretended to be Yovani’s mother, taking the dying infant to The Advocate Christ Medical Center.

He has since been reunited with his devoted father, Yovani Lopez Sr. 

Little Yovani’s prospects of life were slim to none. But the heartbroken family refused to give up on the infant. Even when doctors revealed Yovani Jr was displaying zero brain function. 

Baby Boy Cut From His Mother's Stomach In 'Womb Raider' Attack Making Miraculous Recovery

Speaking on Friday, the attorney for Lopez Sr told ABC Chicago: “It’s still a long way to go for the baby, but the baby is fighting and surviving.”

After murdering Ochoa-Lopez on April 23, Figueroa called 911 claiming she had given birth to the boy. But in reality, and her accomplices had stuffed Ochoa-Lopez’s body in a trash can in their yard.

After taking the baby to The Advocate Christ Medical Center, Figueroa was examined by an OB technician in the Labor and Delivery Section, according to prosecutors. 

Baby Boy Cut From His Mother's Stomach In 'Womb Raider' Attack Making Miraculous Recovery
Chicago Police Department

For the next several weeks, Figueroa pretended the baby was hers and even set up a GoFundMe account to pay for his care. 

On May 7, Ochoa-Lopez’s desperate friends and family told police that the last people she contacted were the Figueroa family.

It was only then the awful truth began to unravel.

Frank Avila, a lawyer for the family of Ochoa-Lopez, told reporters that he wants to know whether The Advocate Christ Medical Center followed proper procedures. 
“If I see somebody coming in with a baby … why does the mother look like she’s in good health that has no blood, normal clothes. That doesn’t make logical sense to me,” Avila said.

Written by Christine Haveford

Christine loves all things cinema, and she's been that way ever since she was a little girl. In fact, she is so passionate about cinema that she decided to pursue cinematography as a full-time career, and is now pursuing film studies at the New York Film School. Originally from Florida, she is still exploring the new city, people, places, and the culture, loves the new weather, going ice skating during winters, and spending time with her fellow classmates and friends from college.

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