A Stranded Couple’s Desperate Plea To Help Save Their Premature Baby In The Dominican Republic
Sharon Halls and Daniel Compton’s holiday insurance covered medical costs up to 29 weeks of pregnancy, but tiny baby Evie, who weighed just 2lbs 10oz, was born after 28 weeks and six days at 10.45pm Dominican time. Due to the difference in time between the two countries, Evie’s care now has to be funded from the couple’s own pockets.
Sharon and Daniel travelled to the Dominican Republic to attend their friends’ wedding in Punta Cana, where Sharon caught an infection which brought on early contractions. She was later admitted to Hospiten Bavaro, where the couple paid £3,555 thinking the cost would be covered by their insurance policy.
Sharon then had to travel two hours to a premature baby care unit at Hospiten Santo Domingo for an emergency caesarean, a procedure for which they were required to pay a £10,000 deposit. Although they paid the fee, the couple have been left unable to afford the further £2,500 needed for Evie’s daily care.
They were then advised, by a UK medical director to check into Hospital Robert Reid Cabral, a nearby public hospital with a dedicated children’s unit. But the conditions were not as the couple expected from an NHS hospital. They said the sanitation and level of care are poor, and want to get Evie the attention and care she needs in a private hospital.
Sharon is only allowed to visit Evie for a limited amount of time, while Dan is not permitted to visit at all, leaving him stranded at the guest house in which they are staying.
Sharon and Daniel are now desperately appealing for help to afford Evie’s care in a private hospital. They have set up a fundraising page at GoFundMe and a Facebook page in an attempt to raise at least £184,000 for the care of little Evie.
Sharon said the support received so far has been wonderful. She said:
Evie is okay. She is breathing alright and being cared for. But we think that being here any longer will hinder her health. We need to get her the care she needs and at the moment, we are having trouble keeping in contact with people at home.
Jason Manford has been one of the first celebrities to support the couples plea, encouraging others to contribute…
We wish Sharon, Daniel and baby Evie the best of luck.
Oct 5, 2015
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