Friday 15 November 2019

British couple stranded in New York have €166k bill wiped after baby’s early birth

Katie Amos and Lee Johnston are fundraising after baby Dax's premature birth
Katie Amos and Lee Johnston are fundraising after baby Dax's premature birth

Jennifer McShane

A British couple who feared they would be stranded in New York with huge medical costs after their son was born 11 weeks early, have been told that they no longer have to pay their six figure hospital bill.

Katie Amos and Lee Johnston from Lincolnshire, now proud parents to baby Dax, feared they would be left in the Big Apple after their son was born 11 weeks premature. The couple had been on a five-day break in the city when Ms Amos unexpectedly  gave birth.

The couple said they feared they would be forced to stay in the hospital, uninsured and accruing medical debt, until March 10th.  Baby Dax is reportedly now in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lenox Hill hospital in Manhattan.

A friend of couple began a fundraising campaign on their behalf, which has now raised over €9,000. The couple said on their Facebook page, ‘Dax's Tale of New York,’ that they have no friends or family in New York and their story gained international headlines in recent days.

However, on Friday, the hospital released a statement saying that they were working with the appropriate insurance companies, and that there “would be no financial impact to the family.”

“Lenox Hill Hospital continues to work with the insurance carrier regarding payment approvals for all services rendered by the hospital, anesthesia and physician services from their insurance carrier. We will ensure that there will be no financial impact to the family,” the statement said.

The pair, from Burgh-le-Marsh in Lincolnshire, have said they are “hugely relieved” that their medical costs are being covered.

"I spoke with (Katie and Lee) and they told me the medical bills are being taken care of," said friend of the couple, Richard Crow.

"I understand the hospital made a statement saying they are working with their travel insurers to make sure they don't have to pay anything,” he said.

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