Louise Crawshaw-Bowen and her husband Stephen were in Antalya when their son was born seven and a half weeks premature
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Louise Crawshaw-Bowen and her husband Stephen have been stranded in Turkey after their son was born prematurely. (Image credit: SWNS)
A British couple were stuck in Turkey and faced a huge bill after their son was born prematurely in the country.
Louise Crawshaw-Bowen and her husband Stephen, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, were holidaying in Antalya when their son Wolfe was born seven and a half weeks premature.
The couple were left in despair after their insurance failed them and they faced bills of more than £51,000 for the birth and flight of their child back to the UK.
Insurance plan failed couple
Louise and Stephen traveled to Turkey after completing a travel insurance claim.
Wolfe was born on July 25 via emergency c-section.
Louise said, “Before we left, I did everything I could to make sure everything was in place,” Louise said.
“I received a notice of fitness to fly from my midwife, I had no complications during this pregnancy. I was just on my routine appointments and everything was fine. I took out insurance that I thought covered everything.”
However, after they applied to the insurance company for cover for Wolfe’s premature birth, they were told that the premature birth was only covered for up to eight weeks.
Because Wolfe was born seven and a half weeks premature, his birth was just outside that threshold.
Nail technicians Louise and Stephen, who are in the British Army, have therefore faced escalating medical costs, including a specialized medical flight home. Those costs could have been even higher if the couple had been forced to stay in Turkey until their child was healthy enough to fly.
Charities come to the aid of couples
The concerned couple started a GoFundMe page to help bring their newborn home.
Stephen tells ITV News Westland: “Anyone who is a parent will understand what an amazing feeling it is to be a parent and that experience has been ruined.
“The hospital was like a prison. They wouldn’t let my wife go unless we paid them 4,500 euros. Our point was that we will not leave our premature baby in Turkey.”
Funds raised raised £9,000 to help meet the costs incurred by Wolfe’s birth.
However, it still left a significant deficit for Louise and Stephen.
The couple were rescued by charities that came to their aid including Lucy’s Air Ambulance and the Royal British Legion.
Lucy’s Air Ambulance offered to pay £8,000 to fly the newborn home.
Meanwhile, the Royal British Legion, which supports members of the British armed forces, has offered to pay the remaining amount.
“I can’t thank you all enough”
Following the charities’ offers of help, the couple released a statement.
It said: “Our son is strong enough to fly home via Lucy Air Ambulance for Children / Capital Air with the extra care needed to bring our boy home.
“He will return to the UK on Saturday 6th August and then straight to the Bath NICU once Louise & Wolfe have landed by ambulance where he will remain until he is well enough to finally get home.
“The remainder of the costs will be met by the Royal British Legion, who we cannot thank enough.
“We would like to say thank you to everyone who supported us at home and to everyone who made it possible for us to bring our boy home.
“We would also like to say thank you to every single person who has donated, I cannot thank you all enough.
“I hope at some point in the future I can repay the kindness and generosity you have shown me and my family.
“Please follow Wolfe’s page for updates. We’d love to keep sharing our story with you all, it’s the least we can do.
“If you would like to donate, please donate to Lucy’s Air Ambulance & Royal British Legion.”