04/02/2015 07:47 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Premature Baby Stranded In New York For A Month Gets Passport To Fly Home


A couple stranded in New York for a month after their son was born prematurely can finally fly home after getting him a passport.

Katie Amos and Lee Johnston, both 30, were facing a £130,000 medical bill after their baby Dax was born 11 weeks prematurely while they were on a short city break.

Friends launched a fundraising campaign to raise the money, but insurer Allianz agreed to cover all costs, including a private jet with doctor.

The couple were also given free accommodation by the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides homes for families whose children are in hospital.

However, doctors told Katie and Lee, from Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincolnshire, they would have to remain in the States until at least March 10 – Dax's original due date - because he was too tiny to travelling after being born weight just 3lbs.

But now Dax has an American passport and the insurers are trying to arrange a private jet to take him home at the earliest opportunity.

Lee told the Mirror: "Getting a passport has been hard work. We had to quickly disconnect Dax from his breathing and feeding tubes just to take his photo.

"As soon as the hospital says he is safe to fly we will bring him home.

"Dax is doing really well."

Before they received the good news, Katie and Lee set up a fundraising page, with a message written in the voice of baby Dax.

It read: "Hi, my name is Dax Johnston. My Mummy and Daddy went on a 5 day break to New York as a last get away before I came along!

"They went to a cake shop (Mummy loves cakes), and were walking through Central Park on a movie tour and I decided they were having such a good time I wanted to see what all the fun was about, and I decided to pop out 11 weeks early!!!!!

"Oooops! Maybe it wasn't a good idea as now we are not aloud to leave the hospital until March the 10th!!!!!

"We need your help as Mummy and Daddy have no money, no clothes, no friends or family or a familiar face to just say hello to! I know they are scared, but they have some good friends back home that are working very hard to help me! "