Wendy Morrow was boarding a plane home from Hong Kong when she went into labor

By Tiare Dunlap
Updated May 15, 2015 05:05 PM

Wendy Morrow went into premature labor while waiting to board a plane in Hong Kong. Now, the Iowa mom is in the fight of her life to pay off massive medical bills so she can bring her baby home to the U.S.

“The hospital will not release his birth certificate until the hospital bill is paid in full. We need the birth certificate to get the passport to get him home,” Wendy told Iowa’s KCAU via Skype.

Morrow’s baby, Kyuss, was born 8 weeks early, so the cost of his treatment is more than $20,000. And each day Kyuss spends in the hospital, $1,600 is added to the bill.

“We don’t like having the feeling of being stuck here. The pressure is on trying to get the medical bills paid and we just want to be able to go home with the baby,” Morrow’s sister, Sara, who was with her in Hong Kong, told CNN.

When the family reached out to the office of their congressman, they were told that Medicare/Medicaid can’t cover bills from foreign hospitals. Travel insurance won’t cover the bills either because the baby’s name was not on the policy.

“How could we have put (his name) on it when the baby wasn’t even born?” Sara asked.

The family has raised a little over $11,000 to cover the treatment, but it looks like the ordeal will soon be behind the new mom.

Following unwanted media attention, the hospital said it would issue a birth certificate on Saturday.

“It’s really hard for us being away from our families and all the craziness here in China. It’s been really hard and I thank everybody from the bottom of my heart,” Wendy said.