Brit mum hit with £75k hospital bill after giving birth prematurely in the US

A British mum has been hit with a £75,000 bill after giving birth prematurely in the US just days before she was supposed to fly back to the UK.

Amy Collins from Birmingham gave birth to her baby boy earlier than expected in Texas, America.

Little William Collins was born on December 11 after Amy needed an emergency C-section, however she did not have insurance.

The tiny boy was born at 24 weeks and weighed just 1lb 9ozs.

Amy, 30, had been due to fly back to Birmingham on December 13.

But because of the premature birth, William had to be kept in a specialist care hospital, where he currently is.

Without insurance she has been left with a medical bill of £75,000 for the delivery and care of her son – with the charges set to rocket further.

William's grandmother Sarah Covey, also from Bartley Green, told BirminghamLive: "I am worried sick.

"My grandson William is an amazing fighter and doing so well but they have built up a medical bill of over $100,000 because it's America and not our NHS.

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"I am absolutely scared to death for them.

"William 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."

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Amy has been married to Texan engineer Greg Collins for the last year and is also mum to seven-year-old daughter Ava, from a previous relationship.

She had been living off and on in America after she met Greg online three years ago when an online romance blossomed.

She was due to fly back to give birth in Birmingham if all had gone to plan, but the premature birth put paid to those plans.

Little William is currently being treated at Cook Children's Medical Centre in Texas.

Sarah, 48, said: "I have got to fly out to Texas in January to bring Ava back so Amy can concentrate on looking after William until he is able to leave hospital.

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"It is obviously hugely worrying times 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."

Sarah has set up a GoFundMe funndraising page in a bid to help pay for some of the rocketing medical fees for her daughter, who plans to apply for American citizenship.

She had posted: My daughter as given birth at 24 weeks gestation in America days before she was due to fly back home to England.

"This has incurred $100.000 in medical bills and I am worried sick about her. My grandson is doing well but we so need help with there medical bills."

So far close to £900 has been raised. To donate click here

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