Doctors refuse to allow new parents to take their newborn baby home until they pay £63,000 medical bill

Source: Gulf News

A hospital is said to be holding a newborn baby hostage until his parents pay a £63,000 medical bill.

His parents were reportedly hit with the huge charge after he was born prematurely while they were on holiday.

Ruth Wambui Mwaura from Kenya, was only 25 weeks into her pregnancy when she went into labour in the UAE last February.

“I had to be rushed to the emergency of the hospital and Kiama was born the next day,” the baby’s mother told Gulf News.

But instead of being overjoyed at the birth, the baby’s parents are now panicking about having to pay a hefty hospital bill of 294,000 AED (£63,312) – an amount they say they will never be able to afford.

Ruth, who had planned to give birth in her home country, continued: “I am currently out of work and my husband is a petrol pump filler.”

“His monthly salary is 1,600 AED (£343) and there is no way we can afford the big amount.”

“We certainly were not prepared for something like this. We could not have imagined in our wildest dreams that we would be in this situation.”

The hospital have not released a statement and Kiami remains in its care. The case is ongoing.