Couple Trapped in US Escapes $200K Bill After Early Birth

Brits Kate Amos and Lee Johnston were told they couldn't leave for months
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2015 3:38 PM CST
Couple Trapped in US Escapes $200K Bill After Early Birth
Lenox Hill Hospital is shown in New York, Wednesday, March 18, 2009, where actress Natasha Richardson was reportedly taken with a serious head injury after falling on a Canadian ski slope on Monday.   (AP Photo/David Karp)

When a British couple vacationing in New York had a baby 11 weeks earlier than expected, they were told they couldn't go home until March because the baby wasn't ready to fly—and that meant a $200,000 medical bill. Good news for Kate Amos and Lee Johnston: It now appears they won't have to pay, the Telegraph reports. Lenox Hill Hospital says it's working with insurers on payment for the care involved. "We will ensure that there will be no financial impact to the family," the hospital says. A friend raising money for the family says insurer Allianz will pay "all medical bills."

As for the more than $14,000 he has raised online for the family: "Lee and Katie will still be faced with some large costs, from having to pay bills back in the UK to leading a life over in the States," Richard Crow says at "Your donations will go a huge way to cover these." Crow tells the Daily Mail that baby Dax "is fine, thankfully. He's 11 weeks early but fine." He also offers more details of their experience: "They were walking through Central Park and she got some real bad pains," Richard Crow says. "They had a bit of rest but it got worse and worse, and then Lee said 'We need to get you to a hospital' … Within about an hour and a half, he was born." (A woman treated at the "wrong" hospital recently faced a $50,000 bill.)

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