Big boost in funds to help baby Lily

Last updated 16:32 26/07/2013
Baby lily, premature Kiwi baby in China

BABY LILY: Being treated at Shanghai Children's Medical Centre.

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A campaign to bring home a Kiwi baby born prematurely in China has raised about $60,000 of the nearly $250,000 needed for the journey.

Lily Helen Hewgill was born at 27 weeks on Friday last week when parents Amy and Greg Hewgill were transiting through Shanghai on their way home after a holiday in Europe.

The Hewgills want to bring Lily back to New Zealand as soon as possible but need to raise US$200,000 (NZ$247,000) for the medical flight.

A fundraising page on the Givealittle website, said the couple's insurance was supposed to have covered such an eventuality, but they had been declined on a technicality.

By mid-afternoon today donations were within a few hundred dollars of $60,000.

The Hewgills said Lily continued to be in a stable condition.

"She currently has no signs of infection and is taking breast milk. This is the best we can hope for in her current situation and we hope she is growing well. I'm sure she misses her Mum and Dad."

The couple also thanked Shanghai Children's Medical Centre for providing Lily with excellent medical care.

Previously they said they needed special permission to visit Lily.

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