A woman who recently gave birth prematurely on a Greek island may now have to remain there for six months.
Thurza Blagg, from Sherwood in Nottingham was rushed to hospital in Rhodes on May 12 after her waters broke unexpectedly at 28 weeks whilst on holiday.
Her bid to be repatriated in time to give birth failed, however, due to what she claims was inaction by her insurance company.
Ms Blagg, 32, said AXA missed an opportunity to get her home after she was given medication to delay labour, something the firm denies.
Instead she was transferred to Athens’ Alexandra Hospital, where she felt unsafe due to the language barrier and had “no clear birth plan”.
On May 2, Ms Blagg gave birth to her son, who weighed just over one kilogram.
She revealed to the Nottingham Post: “They showed me the baby and it was a beautiful moment, I only got to see him for two seconds but I connected with his big brown eyes, which are just like Paul’s.”
Former partner Paul Ahad, tragically took his own life in January.
“That baby is Paul, there’s nothing of me in him apart from his strength. That baby is Paul through and through. I connected with him, looked in his eyes and then he was gone.”
Ms Blagg, who has yet to name her son has only seen him “handful of times” as he remains in a “critical but stable condition”.
“When I see him I can’t see his eyes because he’s wrapped up, you can’t touch him,” she said.
“It’s hard, and then I’m seeing a family who are loving their baby and making a fuss of him.” Ms Blagg, who is not sure whether she herself is fit to fly home, says she will be remaining in Athens until her baby is ready to come home, which she says could be at least six months.
“I was told he’ll be in the incubator for a minimum of three months, and it will be a lot longer before he is fit to fly,” she said. “I’m not leaving this country until I can take my baby home.”
Ms Blagg has aked for intervention from British Embassy as restrictions only allow her to legally remain in Greece for 90 days.
A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “We are supporting a British family in Greece and are in contact with the local authorities.”
AXA, meanwhile, confirmed it would be cover accommodation expenses for the rest of her stay, as well as well as the family’s eventual return home.
An FCDO spokesperson said: “We are supporting a British family in Greece and are in contact with the local authorities.”