A British mother has racked up a £75,000 medical bill after prematurely giving birth in the US — two days before she was due to fly home.
Amy Collins, 30, needed an emergency Caesarean to deliver William, who was born at 24 weeks and weighing just 1lb 9oz on December 11.
The baby is receiving specialist care in hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, where he remains with his mum who has been unable to return to Birmingham.
With no insurance, the medical costs for William’s delivery and care have already outstripped $100,000 and are continuing to mount up.
Grandmother Sarah Corey, also from Birmingham, said: ‘I am worried sick.
‘William is an amazing fighter and doing so well but he will be in hospital for months and the medical bill could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
‘Amy has had to set up a payment plan but I am not sure how she is going to afford to pay it. It is just a nightmare.’
Her daughter has been living in both countries after meeting Texas engineer Greg Collins online three years ago. Romance blossomed and they married last year.
Amy, who also has a daughter Ava, seven, was due to fly back to Birmingham on December 13 to give birth but the baby’s premature arrival put paid to her plans.
Sarah, 48, told BirminghamLive: ‘I have to fly to Texas in January to bring Ava back so Amy can concentrate on looking after William until he’s able to leave hospital.
‘It is obviously a hugely worrying time as William is so small and underdeveloped but then we have all the financial worries on top of this. I can’t stop crying at the moment.’
She has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover some of the medical fees at Cook Children’s Medical Centre, so far raising more than £1,260.
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