A British mum has been handed a £75,000 bill after prematurely giving birth in the US – two days before she was due home.
Amy Collins, 30, needed an emergency caesarean to deliver her 1lb 9oz son William in Texas on December 11.
He was born at 24 weeks and needed specialist care in hospital where he remains.
Amy, of Bartley Green, Birmingham, had been due to fly back on December 13.
And with no insurance she has been hit with the huge bill.
William’s grandmum Sarah Covey, 48, of Bartley Green, told BirminghamLive : “I am scared to death.
“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.
“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.”
Amy is married to Texan Greg Collins and is mum to seven-year-old daughter Ava from a previous relationship.
She has been living off and on in the US after she met Greg online three years ago.
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 being treated at Cook Children’s Medical Centre in Fort Worth.
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.
“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.”