Costs of healthcare for baby Evie will be paid, insurance company confirms

Sharon Halls and Daniel Compton's baby, Evie

Sharon Halls and Daniel Compton's baby, Evie - Credit: Archant

The parents of baby Evie born prematurely in the Dominican Republic have had confirmation they will get medical costs – and more – reimbursed by their insurance company.

Following her arrival 12 weeks early, Evie’s mother Sharon Halls, from Ipswich, had to pay thousands of pounds to the private hospital where she was taken initially before moving to a public hospital a few days later.

She and partner Daniel Compton also had to find accommodation in the country where they had been for a friend’s wedding. The trio could be in the country for another seven weeks or more.

After a difficult first week though both mother and child are doing well.

Mrs Halls said yesterday: “At the moment Evie is now feeding and that should hopefully mean she will start getting bigger.”

She added it was good to get in writing from the insurance company what will be covered and they had been advised to keep Evie in the current hospital rather than moving elsewhere.

The insurance company, Infinity Insurance Solutions (IIS), has said it will be covering the costs incurred by the family so far as well as those to get them home.

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Stephen Howard, managing director of IIS, said: “There was never any doubt that baby Evie’s coverage was in question and the insurer would always cover the post-natal care of an infant.

“The insurers have agreed that Miss Sharon Halls has a valid claim under the terms of the policy.

“The costs that Miss Halls has 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. When Evie is well enough to be brought home, the policy will cover the costs of the flight home for her and her parents.

“We have already commented on the fact that we understood why Miss Halls had paid money directly to the Hospiten clinic, and IIS has recently written to Miss Halls to arrange for this to be repaid to her account as quickly as possible.

“In addition to this, as an ex-gratia payment, the insurers have agreed to cover the reasonable cost of calls made to and from Miss Halls’s mobile phone, from her first admission to hospital, until Evie’s departure from the hospital in the Dominican Republic.

“The insurer will also cover the costs of additional accommodation for Miss Halls and her partner whilst they are in the Dominican Republic and until Evie is ready to come home to the UK.

“In consideration of their safety and security, the costs of taxi fares between their current accommodation and the hospital where Evie is being cared for will also be covered.”