New Born Baby Held As Collateral For Unpaid Medical Bills, Finally Reunites With Her Family (PHOTO)
A baby in Gabon, Angel Okome, has reunited with her family after being held for five months over an unpaid hospital bill. She was released after the bill of roughly $3,630 was settled by a public campaign launched on the family’s behalf.
The unpaid bill was for the 35 days she spent in an incubator after her premature birth in a private clinic north of Gabon’s capital, Libreville.
The case shocked the public and garnered widespread support for Angel’s family, including from Gabon’s President Ali Bongo, who reportedly contributed toward the bill.
“I’m happy to have my baby back, but I’m sorry that I can’t breastfeed her because after five months all my milk has gone.”
According to the BBC, the director of the clinic was arrested Monday on baby-kidnapping charges that were dropped a day later.