Mum needs £27,000 so baby born prematurely while on holiday in Turkey can be flown to UK

Kaielle Thompson was on holiday in Turkey when she gave birth to baby Kaiah on May 17 after being given an emergency c-section

Kaiah was born two months premature in Turkey
Kaiah was born two months premature in Turkey

A mother needs £27,000 to bring her baby back to the UK after being born two months premature in Turkey.

Kaielle Thompson, 23, was on vacation with her partner to celebrate her birthday when she gave birth to baby Kaiah on May 17.

She was born via emergency c-section in Fethiye, where Kaiah was taken straight to a hospital three hours away and placed in a neonatal intensive care unit. Manchester evening news reported.

After Kaielle recovered from the birth, she and her partner had to move to a hotel near the hospital and pay hundreds of pounds to extend their stay.

They have also been billed at least £27,000 for Kaiah’s hospital treatment and have been ‘hounded’ for paying the bill.

However, after consulting a Turkish lawyer, they hope that these costs will be waived as it is an “emergency treatment”.

The couple now want to bring Kaiah back to Failsworth once she is fit to travel.

Kaielle was on vacation in Fethiye celebrating her birthday


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A fundraising page was set up to cover the cost of their return flights, as well as the ongoing costs of staying in Turkey and registering the baby.

The 23-year-old recalled not feeling any pain until about the fifth day of vacation.

She said: “They felt similar to when she was growing and my belly was getting bigger so I assumed it was just growing pains.

“We went to dinner and then down to watch the conversation and the pain increased but I still didn’t think anything of it.

“We went to bed a little earlier than usual because that’s how I felt and I couldn’t sleep.

“I texted my mom and she said it sounded like I was in labor. We went to reception and said I was in pain and they called the medical team who sent an ambulance.”

She was taken to a private hospital, where doctors told her the baby would have to be delivered by emergency caesarean section.

She added: “It was a shock because it was only due in two months and it actually came on my birthday.

“Kaiah was born and taken straight to another hospital three hours away. I couldn’t meet her for two days.

The pair have also been billed at least £27,000 for Kaiah’s hospital treatment


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“The hospital told us we would have to pay £10,000 but my partner spoke to the UK embassy who gave us a Turkish legal number where we found out emergency treatment is free in Turkey so we didn’t have to pay.

“Our insurance didn’t cover the treatment, so that was a relief.”

Kaiah has been transferred to another hospital in Antalya, where her parents have also moved to be closer to her. The family has not yet been given a release date for her and has not been able to hold her.

She said: “Me and my partner are self-employed so it was a really stressful experience.

“We’re lucky that we have people around us who can support us, but they can only support so much, so my friend started one go fund me Account.

“It broke my heart to see her in an incubator and I just want to hold her.

“I was so looking forward to this moment of her birth and it just wasn’t what I expected. I just want to be back in England enjoying our little girl.”

Kaielle said the family is in contact with the British Embassy in Turkey.

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