A traditional medicine practitioner from Guinea was arrested for tricking hundreds of village women into thinking they were pregnant.

N’na Fanta Camara had conned over 700 villagers into thinking they were pregnant by giving them a strange cocktail of plants and medicines that left them bloated for long periods of time.

Women desperate to become pregnant would apparently seek Camara’s help and pay her considerable amounts of money for herbal concoctions that the so-called healer claimed would help them bear children.

She made it specifically clear that they were not to go to the hospital to treat their symptoms, but rather see Etienne Balamou, a laboratory technician running a clandestine clinic in Conakry, who police say was her accomplice. Some reported looking pregnant for 12 to 16 months.