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.