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Friends rally round early baby pair

A couple whose baby was born prematurely during a four-day sight-seeing trip to America, stranding them in New York, have thanked well-wishers for their support.

Katie Amos, 30, and Lee Johnston, 29, travelled to the US on Boxing Day, two days before the unexpected arrival of their son Dax.

The proud parents, from Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincolnshire, have now been told they cannot return safely to the UK with Dax, who weighs just 3lb (1.4kg), until his original due date in March.

Friends and work colleagues in Lincolnshire have now launched an appeal to help them meet living and medical costs which could reach £130,000.

The appeal, which has so far raised more than £3,500, is running alongside a Facebook page which has attracted more than 6,300 "likes".

In a short video clip posted online to mark the new year, Mr Johnston told friends back in Britain: "Sadly we cannot be with you this year but we thought we would make a video message just to show how appreciative we are of the support we are getting."

The couple's close friend, Richard Crow, told the East Lindsey Target newspaper: "They are not sure if their travel insurance will cover any of the costs and they have a house here and bills to pay.

"So myself and others have organised a collection for them which will hopefully help them out financially."

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