Costa packet!

Real People - - COVER STORY -

Zowie Lyons, 25, from Leeds was on hol­i­day in Spain in Jan­uary 2013 when she gave birth 13 weeks early, need­ing an emer­gency C-sec­tion. She hadn’t bought travel in­sur­ance be­cause she and her part­ner were stay­ing with her mum, who lived on the Costa Blanca. Her daugh­ter, El­lizeah, who weighed 2lb 2oz, needed three lots of surgery, which was cov­ered by their EHIC in­sur­ance, but they could not af­ford a £12,000 air am­bu­lance to take their poorly baby home. She said at the time,‘we are not scroungers, but we are des­per­ate. We just want to bring El­lizeah home, where she can be looked af­ter by doc­tors we can talk to in English.’ The fam­ily fi­nally flew home in April af­ter a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion set about fundrais­ing, with one donor stump­ing up £6,000.

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