Little Evie's Medical Costs

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Little Evie was born on the 28th September 2015 just over 12 weeks premature weighing only 2lbs 10oz!

Unfortunately for Evie, her journey into this world was not simple. We, her parents, (Sharon and Daniel) were on holiday for a friend’s wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, whilst there I got an infection which brought on early contractions.

On the 27th Sep I was taken to Hospiten Bavaro and we had to pay $3555 before I was seen and thinking it would be covered by my insurance later, we paid it.

Here they discovered I had an infection which was causing my uterus to contract. I was given medication to stop the contractions and fight the infection.  

This did not work! The next morning the contractions came again.

I was advised I would need to go to Hospiten Santo Domingo 2 hours away as I would need an emergency caesarean and Hospiten Bavaro did not have a premature baby care unit. Not only was little Evie in breach condition things were made worse by the fact I had a cervical cerclage which would also need to be removed before birth.

Hospiten Santo Domingo would not take us without a $10,000 deposit and my insurance company were not responding to paying at this point.

As you can imagine we could not wait for the insurance to make a decision. So we pulled our funds together which left Daniel and I broke! Finally the ambulance was organised and I suffered further contractions throughout the entire journey. On arrival they tried to roll me onto a bed and my cervical cerclage broke and little Evie was born breach before I could even lay flat. She was so tiny and blue it took them a few minutes to get a response, but we then heard to our delight a little cry. She was taken straight from me as I had to have stitches were the cerclage broke.

From here her prospects looked good, we were able to see her the next day but unfortunately  she had contracted my infection. She looked healthy but could not breathe on her own.

We were visited by the Hospiten public relations who informed us the deposit we paid had been spent and we needed to pay a minimum of another $5,000 as Evie’s care was roughly $2,500 per day. This we did not have so we contacted our insurance company again who said they were looking into our case, but not to pay any more money as the insurance will be sorted…at which point I explained we had no more to give anyway.  The public relations people continued to demand money to the point of harassment even pulling us out of our 1 hour time slot we got with Evie to contact the insurers again.

We were given only an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening to visit Evie and sometimes this was shortened to 10 mins if there were any complications with any of the babies in the unit, so all time was precious. I also needed to try and express milk to give Evie a better fighting chance of getting stronger but was not given the time to do so as they continued to harass us. They said that they 'are a business' and as we had gone private we needed to pay or all care would be ceased’.  Myself and Daniel had to leave the hospital as I had been discharged, so we found a guest house as cheap as we could close to the hospital, but this was still half an hour walking distance for us.

I was led to believe I was covered on my insurance up to 29 weeks for ‘normal pregnancy’. Evie was born 28 weeks and 6 days at 10.45pm Dominican time. But the insurers disputed the time difference. I would have also been covered if I had had an emergency caesarean. If I had been moved ASAP this would have happened. Instead the wait meant little Evie was put in danger, had my cerclage not broken she would have got stuck and her life compromised.

Therefor the insurers have refused to pay, a medical director in the uk has been reviewing our case and advised we move to Hospital Robert Reid Cabral, a public hospital which was free and was a dedicated children’s hospital not far from Hospiten.

Today (2nd Oct) Little Evie had to leave the private hospital and go to a public hospital; I was not prepared for what it was going to be like. The sanitation and level of care is next to nothing, she was placed in dirty incubator lined up next to other sick new born babies (15 plus in room). The equipment was old and even the blanket she laid on was stained and ripped.  Only the mother can visit for half an hour so Daniel was unable to see her. No one spoke English so I was left feeling very alone and unsure.  I cried through the whole visit as I felt I had let her down and any progress she had made I had stamped on.   

I was then ushered into a nursing room where the mother’s sit and express milk. A lady proceeded to show me how to use their electric pumps, she then washed the pump and the bottles under the tap and stored back away. She did not use sterile water nor sterilise the items. All the mothers use them.

After one of the mothers took me to a small room and sat me in a chair she explained in Spanish that this is where they sleep…up right in a chair! I was too scared to stay.

Tomorrow I will have to as I need to stay there to be on hand should anything god forbid happens.

Family and friends have desperately being trying to help, we have spoken to the British embassy and their advice was to get funds from family and friends.

We really need to get her back to a better hospital and even though we despised Hospiten for the harassment to gain money this really was the best place for her.

We do not know for sure the length of time little Evie will need to stay in the Dominican Republic until she would be fit to fly, but I was estimated 8-16 weeks by the uk medical director before she went into the public hospital, this may now have been lengthened!

At this point I cannot be too proud to ask for help as our little Evie needs to come home and in the meantime receive the best care possible.

Please can you help?

Hospiten estimate Evie’s hospital charges are $2500/day equating to $280,000 worst case scenario of 16 weeks! This is roughly £184,477. This does not include flying her home or myself and Daniels stay here.

Little Evie's photo is of her tucked up safely in Hospiten, I am unable to take photos of her in Hospital Robert Reid Cabral.
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Little Evie is now 7 weeks old, where has time gone?....

Much to ours and everyone else’s surprise in the UK, little Evie was discharged from the public hospital 4 weeks ago and weighing only 2lb 4!
She was able to come 'home' we us, and by home I mean our temporary abode whilst in the Dominican :)

Little Evie has amazed us all after being so weak when she was born, was now no longer needing help with her breathing; she had had the feeding tube removed and was being syringe fed by the nurses. She no longer had an infection and had no further complications, so essentially to the hospital, keeping her there was just baby sitting and taking up a valuable incubator needed for other unwell babies. We were also reminded that the risk of her picking up infections whilst in hospital was far greater than being home with us…after all where do sick people go! As you can imagine Daniel and I were extremely apprehensive, being inexperienced new parents, alone in a foreign country taking a baby home at any stage was going to be worrying. We thought about using the fund to take her back to Hospiten and discussed this option with the insurance company’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Nadal, but he reassured us this was not necessary as the public hospital would not release her if did not think she was well enough or we were not fit to look after her.

Obviously we were over the moon we could take our little girl ‘home’ and give her all the mummy and daddy cuddles we could, but we were far from prepared as had never dreamed she would be discharged that early, in fact we thought the day she was discharged we would be taking her on a plane back to a hospital in the UK. We had nothing for her and although friends and family were sending us care packages from home to include baby clothes and other essentials, these had not yet arrived so we had to go and buy items. Finding baby clothes small enough was a challenge and what we did get are still too big for her now!

We have had to attend the hospital 3 times a week to check her weight and discuss her progress (we now have an English speaking junior doctor who we liaise with and translates for us) Our other main instruction was to adopt the kangaroo care method at all times, which was another reason for early release as this, they feel is more beneficial to Little Evie’s progress than lying in the incubator. Her paediatrician at the public hospital has been happy with her weight gain and requested Evie now only attends hospital once a week for a check-up.

Evie has had 2 eye examinations at the Robert Reid public hospital and we were told she had Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) stage 1, which was common in babies born before 30 weeks. We were told kangaroo care will support the eye development and to avoid air conditioned rooms. The second eye examination showed there was improvement which was good news. Evie’s original paediatrician from Hospiten invited Evie back for a check-up which we were happy to accept as we felt it would not hurt to get a second opinion. He recommended we see a private ophthalmologist which we did last week. She concluded that Evie’s eyes were in fact worse than the Robert Reid doctor had diagnosed, in fact she was stage 2 in one eye and stage 2/3 in the other, ( http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-information/search-medical-conditions/retinopathy-prematurity) requiring antibiotic eye drops for a week and to return this week for possible injections, then if no improvement Evie may require laser treatment. So as you can imagine while we have been satisfied with the level of care Evie had been receiving in the public hospital it now makes us question how accurate it maybe. Of course it is not always so, that a private doctor is always correct and Dr Nadal is still of the opinion that a doctor in the public hospital will treat far more patients therefore has more experience and holds more weight over a private doctor. But understanding our concerns has offered that if we can get photographs of Evie’s eyes he would get the opinion of a doctor in the UK.

Little Evie’s weight of 2lb 8 I gave in the last update, we found out was not her ‘naked’ weight, and in fact included her nappy, IV drip and cushion they strapped to her arm, so Evie had lost a fair bit more than we thought from her birth weight of 2lb 10. Her weight has yo yo’d, and she has suffered with constipation a lot which may have contributed towards this. Her weight as of yesterday was 3lb 2. Her Doctor at Hospiten believes she should be at least 5lb by now! So clearly we are worried, in Dr Nadal’s words “You cannot ride 2 horses as once!” and we should follow the advice of only one doctor his preference being the one from the public hospital.
We have to do what is best for Evie, we will return to Hospiten this week to discuss what other check-ups Evie may need, the public hospital do not offer hearing tests and although a brain scan was originally mentioned this has not yet been scheduled. These are costs, that if we go private the insurance will not cover and the fund will be put towards.

The insurance company true to their word, paid to fly my mother out. She was a massive help, giving me guidance and advice with Little Evie’s care and tips on breastfeeding. Not only this but making sure Daniel and I was eating properly, doing the odd feeding night shift with Evie so we could rest. She also babysat whilst we looked for alternative accommodation more suitable to have Evie at and whilst we organised Evie’s emergency travel documents at the British Embassy. Sadly she could not stay long as could not afford to take any more unpaid time off from work. Miss her x x

We have been reimbursed as promised for medical costs we initially paid out to Hospiten totalling £9184 including bank charges, which has been much needed to cover our living expenses here, cover bills back home and Daniel’s loss of earnings.

The topic of repatriation is very much on the agenda every time we speak with Dr Nadal and how Evie is to return home to the UK has still not been confirmed. While we would like to get her home ASAP, Dr Nadal feels the option of Air ambulance is not suitable and offers more risks. We are also looking into going by sea. The insurance company stated Evie would, if her progress continued, be able to return to the UK some time in November.this I disputed in my last update but was corrected by Dr Nadal saying it is worked out as the 38th week of pregnancy, not my due date being the 40th week. However Dr Nadal has now been advised that if we are to fly Evie home her lungs would not be developed enough until at least 2 weeks after her original due date of the 15th December, which is what the paediatrician at Hospiten originally said when Evie was born. So we may not be home for Christmas after all :(

We still wish to re donate funds and thank everyone who has supported our wish to do so, at least this way lots of babies will be helped and not just our precious little Evie. X x

P.S Today is World Prematurity Day. <3
Evie being weighed at public hospital
Time with nanny
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Happy Birthday Little Evie, 2 weeks today…..

Daniel and I had originally agreed to keep the fund page open as either way it would go towards helping other babies both here and back home. However due to comments Daniel and I have put a hold on receiving further funds. (re donating is still our intention)

Because of this I do not know if my update will still show, but will post anyway as sure the majority of you would like to hear how little Evie is getting on.

Update with insurance first...
We have now received some confirmation in writing from our insurers which states I have a valid claim under the terms of my policy.
They state that the costs that we have incurred so far, as well as the pre-agreed additional costs for emergency medical treatment in the Dominican Republic for the post-natal care of Evie, will be met by the policy.
I am to clarify what is meant by ‘pre-agreed additional costs’ but it does NOT state that the post-natal care of Evie will be back in a private hospital. Although I have cover up to £10,000,000 on my policy they do not like to work with the Hospiten Group.
The fact is Little Evie should never have been moved in the first place, and it pains me the think of the stress placed upon her tiny body by moving her at such an early time in her existence which could have been avoided had the insurance company been quicker with their decision. Had we have stayed they would have surely had to pay private costs, but by putting us in the position of thinking we were not covered, in fact forced us to leave and now they are under no obligation to send us back.
I have expressed again to Dr Nadal our concern about the overall condition of the public hospital (Robert Reid Cabral) and that several babies have died in the new born ward since we have been there which has been extremely worrying and upsetting. So have discussed the option of moving little Evie back to private using the funds to cover some of the costs, but I am lead to believe that our insurance will then be void if we do?
All that aside, Dr Nadal has strongly advised that little Evie remains in the public hospital it would not be good to put her through another move and while she is showing improvement he is happy with her progress. We have to follow his advice if this is best for Evie, look past the imperfect conditions of the hospital and put our trust in the medical team.

I have had daily phone contact from Dr Nadal back in the UK who has been a massive support helping us understand how Evie should be progressing. We are not only dealing with a premature baby where there is a huge language barrier, but also being first time parents are slightly clueless. Dr Nadal has advised us to what questions we should be asking and what all the information means.

Now for the most important update….Little Evie’s progress.
She is now being tube fed my milk, started at 3ml per intake and has now increased to 10ml. Her weight has increased from 2lb 2 to 2lb 8 and thanks to the milk we now have had some dirty nappies too. She is no longer under the light lamp so hoping her jaundice has subsided. The oxygen hood is not used all time to encourage her breathing unaided. She also has what I thought was a birthmark on the back of her head, but was told today this is a haemangioma and can be treated back in the UK… a question for Dr Nadal tomorrow.
And the best news is I have been able to hold her :) Adopting the Kangaroo Care method, which is said to benefit preterm babies.
Fathers can only visit their babies for an hour at 2pm (mother an hour at 6am 12pm and 6pm). Daniel has spent several days this week unwell… probably brought on by a mix of stress, heat exhaustion and mosquito bites, so as a precaution has had to stay away from the hospital and not visit Evie. But he got his daddy time today and got a little hold too.
We again want to thank everyone who has taken the time to donate and although have not been able to read all comments, have been overwhelmed by the support, advice and touched by the stories others have shared, which has kept us very positive about Evie's progress.
Thank you x
First cuddles x x
Daddy time xx
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Happy Birthday Little Evie, 1 week today….continued

Dr Nadal advisors Evie stays in the country until at least her due date, when her lungs would be able to handle the flight (due date 15th December) This completely contradicts the statement made to the press… “The chief medical officer’s opinion is that, if baby Evie’s progress continues, she and her parents will be able to return to the UK some time next month”
I would also like to make a statement in response to this part of the statement released to the press…“IIS does not understand why the time difference has been reported as an issue in this case. All travel policies for leisure purposes sold in the UK have a stipulation on travelling when pregnant. In this case, the policy wording clearly states that pregnancy and childbirth are covered up to 28 weeks. After 28 weeks, normal birth is not covered but the needs of the baby are. Estimating gestational age is always difficult and the gestational age of the baby just prior to birth was found to be 29 weeks and 4 days, but cover for the baby’s needs was never in doubt”
My insurance company was contacted by Hospiten, myself, my mother and even my best friend Vicky who was trying to sort things on my behalf whilst being treated. We provided all information as fast as we could to help them come to a speedy decision. Hospiten had me ring them from the next morning after I had given birth as they needed funds to keep treating me and Evie further and I was continually told the decision was with the underwriters, if I quote “cover for the baby’s needs was never in doubt” why say the decision was with the underwriters, and let us go through the harassment we did by the Hospiten Santo Domingo to pay costs or leave.
The time deference was the only conclusion we had and it was never confirmed not to be the case, so was led to believe it.
It was Hospiten Bavaro that placed my gestation age at 29 weeks 4 days, however I, as I am sure most people would, went by the date given by our NHS.

The Insurers made this statement “At no point has IIS been involved in the transfer of Evie from one clinic to another, or been asked for opinions on the hospital or clinics at which she has been treated” I had an email from the insurers dated 30th September of the hospital name Maternidad Nuestra Señora de La Altagracia‏ to move to, Dr Nadal also rated it as it was not that old and had several million spent on developing it. This was a public hospital. We could not move there as I was told they only treat babies who were born there. On the 2nd October we were told by Hospiten Santo Domingo that they had a hospital to transfer Little Evie to and this was to happen straight away. I called Dr Nadal to ask his opinion on it and he agreed it to be satisfactory.
At no point would we have moved her if I had had assurance the costs would be paid, we had no choice but to do so as there was still outstanding costs we could not pay and was told "if your insurance company does not call us by 12pm with a decision your baby will have to leave. This also begs the question if we had not moved does this mean they would have paid for her care there?
I have asked that Dr Nadal to find us another suitable hospital if they are adamant we cannot move back to Hospiten Santo Domingo as I am still concerned about her care.

At this point I really do not want to put Little Evie through another move especially as she has lost weight, the first move was stressful enough.

Daniel and I are at a loss as what to do next. I do not want to make any wrong decisions as I am still killing myself every day for making the decision to fly here in the first place.

Please understand that what happens to the fund should the insurance pay is not our primary concern at the moment as we know this question has been asked. Please be assured we did not make the plea to gain any financial gain, it was our desperate attempt to help our daughter.
It will be re donated and I would like some to go towards the Dr. Robert Reid Cabral Childrens Hospital who are currently caring for Little Evie.

Gosh it has taken me so long to write this Evie is now another day old :)
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Happy Birthday Little Evie, 1 week today….

Daniel and I have been totally overwhelmed by the amazing support we have had for our precious little girl and I find it really to write this without tears, thank you so so much.
We cannot thank everyone enough for donating and sharing her page.

So sorry I have not given daily updates but it has been hard to find the time between being at the hospital, trying to rest and trying to get the insurance sorted.

First and foremost Little Evie is stable; she has Jaundice which we are told is common in premature babies, still is getting help with her breathing and receiving antibiotics as a precaution for the infection they say I may have passed to her. Unfortunately she is still not being fed, but I’m told they will do tomorrow? She now weighs 2lb 2oz which is going in the wrong direction, but I am assured this is normal too? My milk has finally come in after lots of painful hand pumping, the first lot I had to throw out as they left it on the top of the incubator for over 24 hours which was depressing as took so long to get!

We have also made some progress with the insurance company, however not quite the outcome we have been hoping for. The statements they have made have only gone to the press of which the press then have sent to us. We have not had this ourselves!

“The onset of Ms Halls premature labour was triggered by an illness which falls within policy terms and conditions, therefore all of Ms Halls’ costs incurred to date will be reimbursed. All future costs in relation to Ms Halls’ medical needs abroad, as well as those of Evie will be covered by the policy and the family will be repatriated just as soon as Evie is well enough to travel without risk”
What it fails to say is where that further care will take place and when we will be reimbursed. It also does not state how our living costs will be covered both here in the Dominican or back home.
The medical advisor Dr Nadal has been the only person I have spoken with about what the insurance company proposes to do. And I have been told they will not put this in writing as it is essentially rewriting the policy.
He said...Yes they will reimburse our costs so far but not when this will take place. They will pay for her further hospital costs but advise Evie does not go back to Hospiten. He feels she would gain better care in Robert Reid Cabral as they treat more babies, therefore have better knowledge. I have stressed that I feel the fact they do treat more babies, brings more risk to infection, and less one to one care and attention. They mere fact that when I spoke to someone I believe to be a professional caring for Evie yesterday said we could take her home Wednesday, yes folks I said this Wednesday…says it all! I had also been told by another person they had taken a stool sample and it was being tested for blood in her intestines, when in fact I found out today she has not even done a poo yet! I appreciate things get lost in translation, but these are quite important things to not get wrong.

They have also agreed over and above our policy that they would pay our phone costs, but this may not be for our entire stay. They kindly will pay for a taxi to and from our guest house, due to the danger of travelling so early and late when it is dark. Again not confirmed when I will receive these costs back. Dr Nadal has also requested my mother potentially travel out to assist me with breast feeding Evie when she is able to feed from me, as I am a new mum and would have had this support back in the UK. This is still to be confirmed.
Dr Nadal advised we found reasonable accommodation as the insurance would be more likely to pay, for instance rent somewhere. I cannot remember if he said our living costs would be covered…another question for tomorrow!

To be continued....
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Ang Marr
44 months ago

Infinity Insurance Solutions say not only will the couple be "reimbursed" but as soon as Evie is well enough the family will be flown home. A spokesman said: “The medical assistance team involved have been in constant contact with the family since the birth of their daughter Evie and the insurer has indicated that it will seek to reimburse the family’s costs. THEY ALSO STATE THEY NEVER SAID THEY WOULD NOT PAY. May I have my donation back

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Laura Ann Ryan
44 months ago

It would be nice to read a statement from the family... after reading the offical statement realeased from the insurance company I feel annoyed that it seems that the story wasnt quite as it seemed. Many Thanks

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Lissie Larter
44 months ago

Just seen on the news that the insurance company have now agreed to pay £200,000.00 . That's good

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James Lockley
44 months ago

I gave a small amount, of which I am not bothered about. I sincerely hope Evie is now ok and receiving the best care. The vast sum generated in such a short time is a strong reflection of humankind to rally and support when needed. If, as the reports suggest, that the insurance company do pay up, my thoughts are as follows. Aside from going so far abroad so late in pregnancy, which was a bit daft, but what is done is done, it seemed to me that the amount raised for one single child whilst admirable, could be used now to help many more children than just one. The cost of post natal support in third world countries is a fraction of the cost in the UK or via private foreign hospitals. We are also suffering the worst refugee crisis we have seen in decades from Syria and other war torn countries. I would be very happy, once this all dies down a bit and Evie's care is stable and funded, to see the money I gave go towards helping the tens of thousands of refugees many of which I assume are currently pregnant or have small babies to look after and have little or no access to healthcare. I am sure Medicine Sans Frontiers would be more than happy to receive the money and would happily allocate it to children's support. I do very much appreciate that your concern now is your child, and rightly so, but time is also short for the refugees and many others across the world who are also concerned only for their child currently. Could I please campaign that firstly you do not keep a single penny for yourselves, which includes any excesses that you need to pay or travel expenses incurred for yourselves (let's call that a stupidity tax for going away whilst so far up the duff), and that a decision is taken quickly to support the other needy people around the globe before it is too late for them and their children?

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Gareth Hall
44 months ago

Hi I think that you need to put something up here to ask people to stop donating as I see that the insurance company are paying

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Mohamad Shafiq Ngasiman
44 months ago

" she was placed in dirty incubator lined up next to other sick new born babies (15 plus in room)" And now you are pledging to remove her to private hospital, because unlike those 15 babies, your baby deserve to be treated better. Sad reality. 63k collected as of now, with that amount, i can save 100x more babies.

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Jean Palmer
44 months ago

If Ang Marr feels her donation isn't going to be used in the way she expected it to be and wants it returned, why shouldn't she get it? Just to be clear, I would NOT ask for it back and most people on here probably wouldn't either, but I don't see any reason to abuse her just because she doesn't feel the same way. . Anyone who wants their money back should be able to request that privately away from this page, and I'd hope that it would be returned with good grace. You may think less of them for wanting it, and that's absolutely fine, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't have it. I'm sure this page wasn't set up so that people could be called names and browbeaten into staying connected to something that they no longer feel comfortable about.

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Lissie Larter
44 months ago

So what's going yo happen with this £72,000 plus ?

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Jean Palmer
44 months ago

Hi, I read about you and Evie, and appreciate you taking the time to provide an update. While what happens to the fund is (understandably) not uppermost in your mind at the moment, I think the best decision now would be to close the appeal immediately to stop people adding more money to it. From what your insurers say, Evie's care wasn't in doubt, so to continue to accept money wouldn't be right, especially when many of those giving money will be struggling financially themselves. £75k is a lot of money to give away, but I'm sure every penny of it will be appreciated by all the charities who get a share of it. Given the large sum involved, I think it would be a very good idea to make public the list of all the charities that benefit from it and how much each one is given. Apart from it being a nice thing to do, making the details public will go a very long way to reassuring people that the fund was started with the best of intentions. You need to concentrate on Evie, so perhaps a friend or one of your family could take care of that for you. It's up to you, of course, but it's something that probably should be dealt with asap. Anyway, I'm glad Evie is doing well and I hope she continues to progress. Have a good day.

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Jean Palmer
43 months ago

GoFundMe allows refunds - you either contact the Campaign Organiser (CO) or go direct to GoFundMe, stating your reasons for the refund request. Just do a search on here for "refund" and you'll find all the information you need. People have a right to ask questions before and after giving money, in fact whether they give money or not. As the intended recipients are overseas in this particular case and are under a lot of stress, I would expect the CO to deal with queries in a timely and polite fashion on their behalf. I would be very surprised if someone started a campaign but then took umbrage when people wanted more clarification. I'm NOT saying this CO has done that, just that it shouldn't even be an issue for a CO or anyone else, because that's surely part of a CO's role. I suggest people follow GoFundMe's guide on this, and keep the personal (and largely irrelevant) opinions about other people to themselves.

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Ang Marr
43 months ago

Good news, very pleased with Evie's progress, and, the delightful photos. I received my donation from gofundme last week. As the insurance is paying the medical cost what I donated towards is no longer valid. The insurance are also paying for extras such as taxis and accommodation for the couple. Astonished that there is some rude opinions on here one claiming to be a family member stating that the couple could stick two fingers up to us and keep the money for themselves.......... If I want to donate MY money to another cause I am more than capable of doing that myself. At no stage have I tormented the family with demands of return of my donation. See my comments - they are informative - my information was from BBC and ITV news . The rude and negative comments are, towards 'people' ( though I can only see my comment stating ' May I have my donation back' ) requesting their donation back . Strange but true.

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Claire Reilly
44 months ago

Great news! I heard you are going to be reimbursed for by the company?? Can you confirm? x

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Stephen Banks
44 months ago

"...some members of the public are too willing to give their money away without a thought." Ang Marr, February 2015 "If anything, the public should be more discerning who they give their money to." Ang Marr, April 2015 Probably should have followed her own advice before donating to this particular cause.

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Charlie Jones
44 months ago

Infinity Insurance T&Cs are VERY clear that they only cover from 0-28 weeks of pregnancy. So this couple went ahead on a trip to a country with abysmal health care, knowing that they weren't covered for the duration of their trip. This was very irresponsible of the couple in question. Just getting tired of people who travel long haul unnecessarily in their third trimester without the correct insurance in place and then think nothing of whipping out the electronic begging bowls. The UK public has been scammed in the past by people shamlessly pimping their poor premie baby for cold hard cash

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Ang Marr
44 months ago

Insurance state they never refused to pay

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Ang Marr
44 months ago

Infinity Insurance Solutions say not only will the couple be "reimbursed" but as soon as Evie is well enough the family will be flown home.

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Charlie Jones
44 months ago

Really doesn't look good when you delete messages pointing out the insurance ran out during the trip leaving the couple not covered. If you're going to run to the public and expect them to put their hands deep in their pockets to cover your irresponsibility, then expect the feedback that goes with it.

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Gemma Broad
44 months ago

I read that the insurance company are going to cover all costs. Fantastic news! Wishing little Evie all the best. Hope the money donated can be used to help the other prem babies in the hospital. :)

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Ang Marr
44 months ago

Despite an official statement from the insurers over 24hours ago stating they are paying including paying for phone calls etc. Donations are still being accepted from people who think that they are helping little Evie to live. Jason, the comedian, stated yesterday the money is going to be split between UK hospital and one in Dominican Republic. Annoyed, the money should be refunded. Meantime Gofundme page for .. Little Evie medical expenses ...still active - very wrong.

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Sarah Brown
44 months ago

Posted by Jason Manford on Facebook! Great news! Enough of a fuss was kicked up and enough money raised that the insurers have now said they will pay for little baby Evie's treatment and travel! In full. I've spoken to a friend of the family and they've said that the money raised will be split in half and donated 50/50 to the poorly equipped public hospital in the Dominican Republic & a local neonatal ward to the family in the UK. Great work team-stand down. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-baby-stranded-caribbean-over-6575807

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£5
Crystal Dawson
44 months ago
£20
Anonymous
44 months ago
£10
Anonymous
44 months ago
£10
Cath Bryant
44 months ago

What a beautiful little girl you've got, welcome to the world Evie. I'm so sorry you're having such a difficult time & your family is in my thoughts. I hope this helps a little to support your cause & the insurance company remember how to honour the terms of their contracts. Please think about contacting the media with your story, public pressure may help to change their minds. Cath & Foz, Warrington, UK

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nicky rose
44 months ago
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Congratulations on the birth of evie hope she continues to go from strength to strength and your back in Suffolk surrounded by family and friends as soon as possible. Hope this helps for whatever you need or to help other sick babies.

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David Munday
44 months ago

Hope it makes a difference. David, Emma & Olivia Munday x

IC
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Ian Cattermole
44 months ago

jlo bet

CL
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Caroline Lari
44 months ago

Wish you all the best xx

BG
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Bex Gilbert
44 months ago
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We did a collection for little Evie today at work so on behalf of some of the staff at AXA we are donting £64 into Evie's fund. We wish Evie and her parents, Sharon and Dan, well and hope that Evie continues to get stronger so that she can home. Best wishes xx AXA Colleagues CL&PIxx

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Rebecca Newell
44 months ago

Congratulations on ur bundle of joy, sorry I couldn't donate anymore. Hope everything goes well and you reach your target. Xx

Ang Marr
44 months ago

Infinity Insurance Solutions say not only will the couple be "reimbursed" but as soon as Evie is well enough the family will be flown home. A spokesman said: “The medical assistance team involved have been in constant contact with the family since the birth of their daughter Evie and the insurer has indicated that it will seek to reimburse the family’s costs. THEY ALSO STATE THEY NEVER SAID THEY WOULD NOT PAY. May I have my donation back

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Laura Ann Ryan
44 months ago

It would be nice to read a statement from the family... after reading the offical statement realeased from the insurance company I feel annoyed that it seems that the story wasnt quite as it seemed. Many Thanks

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Lissie Larter
44 months ago

Just seen on the news that the insurance company have now agreed to pay £200,000.00 . That's good

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James Lockley
44 months ago

I gave a small amount, of which I am not bothered about. I sincerely hope Evie is now ok and receiving the best care. The vast sum generated in such a short time is a strong reflection of humankind to rally and support when needed. If, as the reports suggest, that the insurance company do pay up, my thoughts are as follows. Aside from going so far abroad so late in pregnancy, which was a bit daft, but what is done is done, it seemed to me that the amount raised for one single child whilst admirable, could be used now to help many more children than just one. The cost of post natal support in third world countries is a fraction of the cost in the UK or via private foreign hospitals. We are also suffering the worst refugee crisis we have seen in decades from Syria and other war torn countries. I would be very happy, once this all dies down a bit and Evie's care is stable and funded, to see the money I gave go towards helping the tens of thousands of refugees many of which I assume are currently pregnant or have small babies to look after and have little or no access to healthcare. I am sure Medicine Sans Frontiers would be more than happy to receive the money and would happily allocate it to children's support. I do very much appreciate that your concern now is your child, and rightly so, but time is also short for the refugees and many others across the world who are also concerned only for their child currently. Could I please campaign that firstly you do not keep a single penny for yourselves, which includes any excesses that you need to pay or travel expenses incurred for yourselves (let's call that a stupidity tax for going away whilst so far up the duff), and that a decision is taken quickly to support the other needy people around the globe before it is too late for them and their children?

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Gareth Hall
44 months ago

Hi I think that you need to put something up here to ask people to stop donating as I see that the insurance company are paying

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Mohamad Shafiq Ngasiman
44 months ago

" she was placed in dirty incubator lined up next to other sick new born babies (15 plus in room)" And now you are pledging to remove her to private hospital, because unlike those 15 babies, your baby deserve to be treated better. Sad reality. 63k collected as of now, with that amount, i can save 100x more babies.

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Jean Palmer
44 months ago

If Ang Marr feels her donation isn't going to be used in the way she expected it to be and wants it returned, why shouldn't she get it? Just to be clear, I would NOT ask for it back and most people on here probably wouldn't either, but I don't see any reason to abuse her just because she doesn't feel the same way. . Anyone who wants their money back should be able to request that privately away from this page, and I'd hope that it would be returned with good grace. You may think less of them for wanting it, and that's absolutely fine, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't have it. I'm sure this page wasn't set up so that people could be called names and browbeaten into staying connected to something that they no longer feel comfortable about.

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Lissie Larter
44 months ago

So what's going yo happen with this £72,000 plus ?

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Jean Palmer
44 months ago

Hi, I read about you and Evie, and appreciate you taking the time to provide an update. While what happens to the fund is (understandably) not uppermost in your mind at the moment, I think the best decision now would be to close the appeal immediately to stop people adding more money to it. From what your insurers say, Evie's care wasn't in doubt, so to continue to accept money wouldn't be right, especially when many of those giving money will be struggling financially themselves. £75k is a lot of money to give away, but I'm sure every penny of it will be appreciated by all the charities who get a share of it. Given the large sum involved, I think it would be a very good idea to make public the list of all the charities that benefit from it and how much each one is given. Apart from it being a nice thing to do, making the details public will go a very long way to reassuring people that the fund was started with the best of intentions. You need to concentrate on Evie, so perhaps a friend or one of your family could take care of that for you. It's up to you, of course, but it's something that probably should be dealt with asap. Anyway, I'm glad Evie is doing well and I hope she continues to progress. Have a good day.

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Jean Palmer
43 months ago

GoFundMe allows refunds - you either contact the Campaign Organiser (CO) or go direct to GoFundMe, stating your reasons for the refund request. Just do a search on here for "refund" and you'll find all the information you need. People have a right to ask questions before and after giving money, in fact whether they give money or not. As the intended recipients are overseas in this particular case and are under a lot of stress, I would expect the CO to deal with queries in a timely and polite fashion on their behalf. I would be very surprised if someone started a campaign but then took umbrage when people wanted more clarification. I'm NOT saying this CO has done that, just that it shouldn't even be an issue for a CO or anyone else, because that's surely part of a CO's role. I suggest people follow GoFundMe's guide on this, and keep the personal (and largely irrelevant) opinions about other people to themselves.

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Ang Marr
43 months ago

Good news, very pleased with Evie's progress, and, the delightful photos. I received my donation from gofundme last week. As the insurance is paying the medical cost what I donated towards is no longer valid. The insurance are also paying for extras such as taxis and accommodation for the couple. Astonished that there is some rude opinions on here one claiming to be a family member stating that the couple could stick two fingers up to us and keep the money for themselves.......... If I want to donate MY money to another cause I am more than capable of doing that myself. At no stage have I tormented the family with demands of return of my donation. See my comments - they are informative - my information was from BBC and ITV news . The rude and negative comments are, towards 'people' ( though I can only see my comment stating ' May I have my donation back' ) requesting their donation back . Strange but true.

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Claire Reilly
44 months ago

Great news! I heard you are going to be reimbursed for by the company?? Can you confirm? x

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Stephen Banks
44 months ago

"...some members of the public are too willing to give their money away without a thought." Ang Marr, February 2015 "If anything, the public should be more discerning who they give their money to." Ang Marr, April 2015 Probably should have followed her own advice before donating to this particular cause.

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Charlie Jones
44 months ago

Infinity Insurance T&Cs are VERY clear that they only cover from 0-28 weeks of pregnancy. So this couple went ahead on a trip to a country with abysmal health care, knowing that they weren't covered for the duration of their trip. This was very irresponsible of the couple in question. Just getting tired of people who travel long haul unnecessarily in their third trimester without the correct insurance in place and then think nothing of whipping out the electronic begging bowls. The UK public has been scammed in the past by people shamlessly pimping their poor premie baby for cold hard cash

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Ang Marr
44 months ago

Insurance state they never refused to pay

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Ang Marr
44 months ago

Infinity Insurance Solutions say not only will the couple be "reimbursed" but as soon as Evie is well enough the family will be flown home.

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Charlie Jones
44 months ago

Really doesn't look good when you delete messages pointing out the insurance ran out during the trip leaving the couple not covered. If you're going to run to the public and expect them to put their hands deep in their pockets to cover your irresponsibility, then expect the feedback that goes with it.

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Gemma Broad
44 months ago

I read that the insurance company are going to cover all costs. Fantastic news! Wishing little Evie all the best. Hope the money donated can be used to help the other prem babies in the hospital. :)

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Ang Marr
44 months ago

Despite an official statement from the insurers over 24hours ago stating they are paying including paying for phone calls etc. Donations are still being accepted from people who think that they are helping little Evie to live. Jason, the comedian, stated yesterday the money is going to be split between UK hospital and one in Dominican Republic. Annoyed, the money should be refunded. Meantime Gofundme page for .. Little Evie medical expenses ...still active - very wrong.

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Sarah Brown
44 months ago

Posted by Jason Manford on Facebook! Great news! Enough of a fuss was kicked up and enough money raised that the insurers have now said they will pay for little baby Evie's treatment and travel! In full. I've spoken to a friend of the family and they've said that the money raised will be split in half and donated 50/50 to the poorly equipped public hospital in the Dominican Republic & a local neonatal ward to the family in the UK. Great work team-stand down. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-baby-stranded-caribbean-over-6575807

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