A Ukrainian couple who travelled to Australia during a round-the-world cycling trip have been stuck in Sydney after the arrival of their son 12 weeks early.
Volodymyr Muliar and Yaryna Kvitka planned to welcome their first child at the end of June in Argentina after cycling from Europe to Australia, reports The Daily Mail.
But Ms Kvitka went in to premature labour at just 28 weeks welcoming baby boy, Marko.
Measuring just 11cm at birth, Marko remains in Sydney’s Royal Hospital for Women under the watch of specialists in the intensive care unit.
His parents, whose travel and health insurance did not extend to cover the cost of such extensive care, have been left with bills of up to $5,000-a-day.
While it will become cheaper, at the end of 10 weeks, the recommended length of his treatment, they will be saddled with a bill of more than $230,000.
‘This is an exciting and emotional event for every parent, yet our first meeting with our son has happened way too early. Our tiny boy will have to spend about 10 weeks at the Newborn Care Centre of The Royal Hospital for Women under close supervision and artificial life support.
‘Unfortunately, it happened so that our insurance does not cover labour and all related costs in Australia.’
‘We wish we could just swipe a card and pay for all the medical services our tiny son requires so badly but there is no chance in the world we could possibly do it on our own.
“We desperately call for your help. Any support will be tremendously appreciated; any amount you could donate will be accepted with deep gratitude.”
What a terrible situation to be put in. We wish them all the best.
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