Cyprus: Fight for repatriation of premature baby: "I felt so alone"

Fight for the repatriation of a premature infant

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A mother who gave birth prematurely in Cyprus is desperately trying to get back to Britain with her baby, reports the Sun.

This is 27-year-old Bethany Smith, who gave birth to Molly at 25 weeks pregnant while on holiday in Cyprus.

Now she is trying to raise £30,000 to fly her newborn daughter back to Britain on a special flight.

Bethany and her 28-year-old husband, Jan Cleathero, claim the medical expenses for the four months required in Cyprus are in excess of £100,000.

In statements to the Sun, the mother explained that "we have to take her back to our country. We have never asked for help for anything in our lives but we are in a foreign country, we don't know the language and all we ask is to bring Molly back to Britain. She is doing well, she is a fighter but her organs are not fully developed and at any moment there could be a complication. We want to take her to Britain to a specialist center as soon as possible."

Bethany gave birth on June 29, the last day of their holiday in Cyprus.

"I started to feel discomfort the night before we left but thought it was nothing. But it got worse, so I went to the hospital and was told I was going to give birth. It was scary, I knew it was too early and I was worried the baby wouldn't make it. At that moment I felt so alone, we were away from home and I didn't expect something like this to happen to us," the mother told the Sun.

Little Molly weighed just 750 grams when she was born. "It's unbelievable how small she is, her hand is the size of a fingernail and she's so tiny."

Her husband shortly after the baby's birth had to return to Britain with their other two children.