Saturday 21 April 2018

Couple stranded in New York after having premature baby finally return home

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

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Baby Dax, who was born 11 weeks prematurely in December while his parents were on a five day trip to New York, has finally been flown back to the UK.

Parents Katie Amos and Lee Johnston had at first been stranded in the Big Apple when Dax was born, facing a £130,000 (€166,000) medical bill that they couldn’t pay. Their baby weighed just 3lb and doctors told the family they would not be able to fly home until March.

After the couple launched a Go Get Funding page and their friends and family rallied round to find money to help with the six figure bill, the hospital began liaising with insurers to ensure the bill was covered.

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But seven weeks after Dax’s birth on 28 December, the staff at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York told the family they would finally be able to return home, the Telegraph reported.

Amos, 30, said of the news: “When we were finally given the all clear to come home I broke down in tears, we were so happy, no words could describe it.”

Read more: UK couple stranded in New York after their baby arrived 11 weeks early face potential £130,000 medical bill

Before they could leave, Dax had to have his passport photo taken, which meant having his feeding and breathing tubes temporarily removed. They flew home on Friday on a medical plane, with Dax in an incubator, and transferred to another hospital when they arrived.

The couple managed to raise over £11,000 through their crowd-funding campaign, which they said will be used to cover their living costs in New York and their bills back at home, and to pay for their accommodation at the Ronald McDonald foundation, which housed them while they were in New York.

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