Via The Independent
A British couple stranded in New York will not have to pay their feared medical bill of up to £130,000 for their premature baby’s hospital care.
Katie Amos, 30, and her fiancé Lee Johnston, 29, were on a five-day trip to New York when their son Dax arrived 11 weeks early on 28 December, weighing just 3lb.
When doctors told the couple the newborn could not fly alone until March, their friends started an emergency campaign to fund their unexpected hospital stay.
In a statement on their Go Get Funding page, which is written from the viewpoint of Dax, the pair wrote: “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!”
Instead of finding out for sure if their insurance company would cover the medical bills amongst other things, a Go Get Funding page and a Facebook page were both set up written from the viewpoint of baby Dax (emotional blackmail), requesting money to cover their medical bills, other expenses and believe it or not a request to help pay the airfare of family members wishing to visit them in New York.
Some members from the gullible public donated to this cause while others, like myself, had questions.
Now close friend of the family Richard Crow, who set up the fundraising pages because he apparently feared that the couple’s insurance would not cover the cost of the treatment, has told ITV News the following,
I spoke last night with [Katie and Lee] and they told me the medical bills are being taken care of.
I understand the hospital made a statement saying they are working with their travel insurers to make sure they don’t have to pay anything.
They are hugely relieved, absolutely. They’re just overwhelmed by all the support.
They are all doing very well. Dax is one thing that they don’t have to worry about – he’s being well cared for.
We’re going to continue fundraising to help cover expenses that they incur over there and also back home.
The Ronald McDonald charity has been amazing, everyone has been really kind. Any excess money that isn’t used will go to that charity.
– RICHARD CROW, FRIEND
Great news! I believe I can confirm that all medical bills will be covered! It’s been a long wait but well worth it! Due to the publicity that has gone on around the whole story, it has forced them to pay! I am told there will still be lots of costs though-
1- loss of income. Lee gets no benefits as Self Employed. Katie Basic maternity pay.
2- House to pay for and all bills
3- Accomodation in New York
4- Living costs in USA
No parents will be using the money to pay for flights.
The return flights are being honoured by the airline when they are ready.
Our fundraising efforts were intended to be just locally on a small scale. It was never intended to cover £130,000 medical costs. It was and is our way of helping our friends to not have to worry about money allowing them to concentrate on Baby Dax.
Any money left over will be donated to the Ronald Macdonald Fund. I skyped Lee earlier and he is a very humble guy. As much as it is a scary experience for them, they are staying in a place where people are staying to be close to their terminally ill children. Everyone is very friendly to them but also it makes them realise however scary things are, they are not in as bad a situation as some others. They have decided that all excess money will be donated to the Ronald Macdonald Foundation to help carry on the vital work that they do to help struggling families.
If any people that have donated have mis-understood and feel cheated of their donation, please feel free to message me and I will make sure you get your donation back.
Thank you for all your help and support and kindness.
I’m so relieved for them and grateful to all you kind people.
Richard posted this after people questioned where donations would go if the insurance company agreed to cover medical costs. Many also suggested that in the event of this happening donations should go to a charity.
*NOTE: Richard’s story to various news outlets has changed on numerous occasions*
The couple’s costs have been covered including other expenses so why they still need donations I don’t know. The Go Get Funding page which has so far raised over £9,000 should be taken down/frozen and the money returned to those who donated ASAP!
A Daily Mail reader left this interesting comment below:
People have donated to them because they kept saying they have to pay hospital costs. After they collected over £6000 they suddenly said it’s not for medical bills but for clothes, food and bills in the UK. They have lied to the people.They still lie, yesterday it was confirmed the medical costs are covered and they don’t have to spend a penny. They didn’t inform viewers in America about it while jumping from one TV station to another for interviews, they still pretended they have to pay.
Their main donation page isn’t updated so people still think they need to pay for a baby’s hospital bill, when in reality they pay for clothes and UK bills. People have offered to bring clothes and food for them, but they were ignored by R crow and co, as they are interested only in money apparently.
Their UK bills should be paid by friends and family not by money donated for medical help for baby Dax.Or daddy Lee can sell one of his 5 cars and one of his 3 motorbikes.
I have nothing against baby Dax and I am glad he is doing well, BUT I don’t trust his parents or their close friend Richard Crow.
Read below some of the comments left on the Go Get Funding page.
Since you banned me on facebooking for raising legitimate concerns over you not updating this page here is another useful quote to the media from Richard Crow: Responding to criticism on Facebook that donors thought they were helping towards medical costs and not living expenses, Mr Crow said: “The appeal was only ever to raise money for their living costs, we never intended to raise money for the medical bills. So it was never intended to be about medical bills WHY did you set the page up in the first place saying it was! Pure deceit.
This is misleading to say the least , the organiser [Richard Crow] has led people to believe they are helping to cover a huge medical bill but this is not the case the bill has been written off by the hospital and if you look on face book or at the daily mail comments on this story people are not happy being fooled into paying for the couples rent and bills at home and even new clothes for the pair as they don’t seem to want to wash the ones they have, They also flew first class and stayed in a 5 star hotel as posted on the dads facebook page have 2 cars and numerous bikes private number plates and bragged online of their shopping spree in the stores of 5th avenue.
*sips tea with Rihanna*
Can anyone else see the warning signs up ahead with the word ‘SCAM’ flashing above?