A British couple have been compelled to remain in the United States after their child was born three months early while they were on vacation. Without medical insurance, they are now left with expensive hospital and hotel bills.
Louis Borrill and his fiancee, Yeridiana Chazares, had been visiting her family in Baltimore for a surprise baby shower but she woke up the following day with a strong fever. The couple decided to play it safe and go to the hospital. Baby Lily Borrill was born the following morning - well ahead of the November due date and weighing just 1lb, 11oz. As she may not be discharged from hospital for three or four months, the family cannot return to their home in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire until then.
When Lily was born, she was not moving and could not breathe. Soon afterwards, a doctor managed to put in a breathing tube, which saved her life. Since then, Lily has been breathing but has had some hard and complicated days. She stopped breathing twice and had to be resuscitated last week after having a heart murmur, which it was hoped medication could treat. Due to being so premature, Lily also still has a Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a persistent opening between the two major blood vessels leading from the heart. The opening, called the ductus arteriosus, is a normal part of a baby's circulatory system before birth that usually closes shortly after birth. If it remains open, however, it's called a patent ductus arteriosus.
She is set to be reviewed by a cardiologist who will determine if she will need further surgeries after being checked. Chazares admitted that the pain of seeing her first-born child having to be put in an incubator and continuing to be monitored by doctors and specialist surgeons was unbearable. The couple said doctors had told them that Lily would not be "out of the woods" until around three or four months and only then can she be discharged and they can return home to Scunthorpe.
Mr Borrell said: "I'm so proud of my little fighter, she's doing really well at the moment and I'm sure in the next few months, she will continue to do so. I am so proud of Yeri. She handled everything so perfectly and was incredible."
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help the new parents cover these unexpected astronomical costs.