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UK couple could face £130,000 bill after baby born 11 weeks early during New York trip

By Antonia Molloy

A young couple have been stranded in the US for the next three months after their baby was born 11 weeks early – and they face a medical bill of up to £130,000.

Katie Amos, 30, and her fiancee Lee Johnston, 29, were on a five-day trip to New York when their son Dax arrived, weighing just 3lb.

But doctors have told the couple that the newborn cannot fly home until 10 March, leaving the pair desperately worried about how they will fund their unexpected extended stay. Amos was cleared to travel by her insurers, but it is unclear whether the unforeseen circumstances will also be covered.

Amos and Johnston, who live in Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincolnshire, have set up a campaign called Dax’s Tale of New York in a bid to raise money to help them through the next few months.

In a statement on their Go Get Funding page, which is written from the viewpoint of Dax, the pair wrote: "We need your help as mummy and daddy have no money, no clothes, no friends or family or a familiar face to just say hello to! I know they are scared, but they have some good friends back home that are working very hard to help me!"

They have so far raised over £1,100 and are continuing to appeal for donations via Facebook and Twitter.

Johnston told the Daily Mirror: "The good news is Dax is doing really well. It was just amazing to see Katie holding him.

"The only problem is we aren’t sure if our insurance covers the medical bill."

He added: "We just really want to get home but the main thing is Dax is as safe and as well as possible."

Dax is being cared for at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and his parents have been provided accommodation  by Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides a "home-away-from-home" for families whose children have been hospitalised.

The couple are hoping that they will be able to arrange for family members to visit them soon.

Source: Independent

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