A YOUNG couple are being forced to raise £100,000 after ‘doctors refused to hand over their newborn baby until their medical bill has been paid’.
Little Amal was born 23 weeks prematurely in July, weighing less than a pound, after her parents Azhar, 26, and Syeda, 23, say they were told by professionals that if she wasn’t delivered immediately ‘she wouldn’t make it’.
Amal was born as her parents were visiting one of just two foetal specialists in Dubai at a private hospital, leaving them facing a hefty bill[/caption]
Parents Azhar, 26, and Syeda, 23, say they were told by professionals that if Amal wasn’t delivered immediately ‘she wouldn’t make it’[/caption]
At the time of Amal’s birth, her parents say they were visiting one of just two foetal specialists in Dubai at a private hospital, leaving them facing a hefty bill.
Speaking to The Sun, Azhar, from Birmingham, said: “She [my wife] was due in October and gave birth on the 14th of July. Birth was via emergency cesarean and all happened so suddenly.
“We were seeing a foetal specialist at the private hospital, one of only two specialists in Dubai.
“We wanted her to give birth at a government hospital but everything spiralled so quickly we didn’t have the choice because they advised if they didn’t deliver as soon as possible, my baby wouldn’t make it.”
The couple had been planning on bringing their first child into the world in the UK, however Syeda’s visa was rejected “due to solicitor negligence”.
Syeda said: “I planned to move to the UK with my husband who is British, after my wedding I went to the UK on visit visa for two months and came back to Dubai to apply for my spouse visa in March.
“I got pregnant in January.
“My visa for the UK got rejected because we submitted the wrong kind of IELTS test, based on our solicitors advise.
“We tried to appeal the decision of the visa, which is still under process, in hope it would be overturned by October and I could deliver our baby in the UK.
Amal weighed a tiny 400g when she was born in July[/caption]
The couple had been planning on bringing their first child into the world in the UK, however Syeda’s visa was rejected “due to solicitor negligence”[/caption]
“Due to severe complications with my pregnancy we were enlisted to seek help of one of only two foetal specialists in Dubai.
“I went for a regular check up on 14th July and was admitted immediately at NMC Royal Hospital as my amniotic fluid was very low and our baby’s heart rate and blood pressure was decreasing rapidly.
“They immediately did an emergency c-section and our baby was delivered by the grace of God.
“The tiniest but most beautiful little baby.
“We initially wanted to go to a government hospital but because of how quickly events unfolded this was no longer an option.”
As the couple didn’t plan on delivering their daughter in Dubai, they did not have any insurance.
Azhar added that his new wife was also in the country on a student visa, which meant she would be unable to obtain maternity insurance.
He said: “At the moment, I am in the UK and my wife is in Dubai with my baby.
“We were looking to reapply for the spouse visa in November, but the hospital have said if we don’t pay the outstanding bill, which is currently £100,000, we won’t be able to have her [Amal] back.
“I have advised the hospital I can only pay instalments. I’m a recent graduate I don’t earn much and offered them payments based on my affordability to which they refused.
Azhar said his new wife was in Dubai on a student visa, which meant she would be unable to obtain maternity insurance[/caption]
“They said they could spread payment over 12 months nothing more. That would be in excess of over £10,000 a month.”
The family have now launched a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise the money that will allow them to take their daughter home.
However, the bill could hit £200,000 by the time the child is ready to leave.
Syeda said: “By the time our baby is ready to be discharged, the bill is forecast to exceed around £200,000.
“My husband, who works in the UK, is suffering terribly from this and cannot be with me as we require six payslips to be able to re-apply for a visa again.
‘GIVE US OUR BABY’
“The hospital have threatened legal action and the doctor has advised they won’t give us our daughter back until the bill is totally cleared.
“Neither me or my husband have that sort of money to pay for the bill. As we recently got married and applied for my UK visa we are still paying off loans that we took for that and I do not work.”
Azhar said: “It’s been an extremely stressful start to our married life. We got married in December and this ordeal has turned our lives upside down.
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“We are in complete disarray and haven’t had any support from any of the authorities.
“Only option we have is to raise enough money on GoFundMe and come up with an amicable solution with the hospital, but they don’t really want to know.”
Syeda added: “We really need help to bring our baby home.”
The Sun has contacted NMC Royal Hospital for comment.
Their bill is currently almost at £100,000 for the birth[/caption]
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