Couple Slapped with Millions in Fine for Child Birth on Trip

Couple punished for unexpected baby

A young couple Azhar Saleem 26 from Birmingham and Syeda Khola Adnan, 23 got married in Dubai in December 2018 and a few months later, the young family was expecting their firstborn child while back in the UK.

Ms. Adnan, who had been on a visit visa, then returned home to Dubai in March to apply for a spouse visa so that she could live and give birth in England. However, her visa was rejected because they submitted the wrong information. They appealed the decision with the hope that it would be overturned by October when their child was due, but on July 14 she was rushed in for an emergency cesarean.

Baby Amal was born at around 23 weeks through emergency cesarean and weighed just 14 ounces.While attending an appointment with a fetal specialist at NMC Royal Hospital the doctors discovered her baby’s heart rate and blood pressure was dropping, causing her to be immediately admitted there.

“Baby Amal was the tiniest but most beautiful little baby. 23 weeks premature weighing only 400 grams and the size of my hand. We initially wanted to go to a government hospital but because of how quickly events unfolded this was no longer an option,” she said.

The couple did not have insurance was slapped with £100,000 medical bill, that could increase to £200,000 as Amal’s care continues. The hospital won’t allow them to spread the cost over any more than a year, meaning they could have to pay more than £16,000 a month.

With barely, enough to foot this inflating bills, the couple was forced to set up a crowdfunding page in hope of being able to pay off even a small portion of what they owe

“We really need help to bring my baby home, any kind of help would be appreciated. you don’t realize the situations you can find yourself in until you find yourself in them. ‘I have never thought of asking for help before in my life, but sometimes you have to bite the bullet and your pride and do everything you can to bring your loved ones, in this instance our baby home,” she said.

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