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Stranded for Christmas: Brit ‘held to ransom’ on Caribbean island over unpaid hospital bills

WNS__Allan_C_n wifeA BRITISH holidaymaker is being held to ransom on a Caribbean Island after racking up a £45,000 bill for emergency hospital treatment which he cannot pay.

Allan Cox, 45, fell ill in the Dominican Republic and needed surgery to remove his pancreas.

But his insurance company refused to foot the bill and his passport has been seized until he coughs up.

Driver Allan now faces Christmas away from his family and friends.

They started a fundraising campaign to bring church-going Allan back to his home in Port Talbot, South Wales.

Friend Raymond Davies said: “We are incredibly concerned for Allan’s well-being at the moment.

“At the end of the day, Allan’s life is at risk, and we need to make sure we get him home, pay off his debts and get him some medical treatment as soon as possible.

“The hospital want to discharge him on next Tuesday, but they say they are keeping his passport until he is able to pay for the treatment he has received.

“How on earth is he expected to get home? It’s disgusting.

“He is seriously ill, and we need as much support as we can get before it is too late.”

His mum Ceinwen Cox, 65, added: “It has got to be paid before they release his passport to him and there’s no way that I can get the money quick enough to get my son home.

“I’m frightened that I’m going to lose him.”

Allan was in the Dominican Republic to visit his wife Laisas Wales News Service

Allan was in the Dominican Republic to visit his wife Laisas who lives in the country but fell ill while abroad when gall stones became trapped in his pancreas.

He and Laisas married last year after meeting online through a Christian dating service and he was in the Caribbean country to celebrate their first anniversary as husband and wife.

His insurance company refused to pay for the costs as he failed to disclose he had a “pre-existing condition” – and was already due to have an operation on his gall bladder.

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WNS__Allan_C_n wifeA BRITISH holidaymaker is being held to ransom on a Caribbean Island after racking up a £45,000 bill for emergency hospital treatment which he cannot pay.

Allan Cox, 45, fell ill in the Dominican Republic and needed surgery to remove his pancreas.

But his insurance company refused to foot the bill and his passport has been seized until he coughs up.

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Driver Allan now faces Christmas away from his family and friends.

They started a fundraising campaign to bring church-going Allan back to his home in Port Talbot, South Wales.

Friend Raymond Davies said: “We are incredibly concerned for Allan’s well-being at the moment.

“At the end of the day, Allan’s life is at risk, and we need to make sure we get him home, pay off his debts and get him some medical treatment as soon as possible.

“The hospital want to discharge him on next Tuesday, but they say they are keeping his passport until he is able to pay for the treatment he has received.

“How on earth is he expected to get home? It’s disgusting.

“He is seriously ill, and we need as much support as we can get before it is too late.”

His mum Ceinwen Cox, 65, added: “It has got to be paid before they release his passport to him and there’s no way that I can get the money quick enough to get my son home.

“I’m frightened that I’m going to lose him.”

Allan was in the Dominican Republic to visit his wife Laisas Wales News Service

Allan was in the Dominican Republic to visit his wife Laisas who lives in the country but fell ill while abroad when gall stones became trapped in his pancreas.

He and Laisas married last year after meeting online through a Christian dating service and he was in the Caribbean country to celebrate their first anniversary as husband and wife.

His insurance company refused to pay for the costs as he failed to disclose he had a “pre-existing condition” – and was already due to have an operation on his gall bladder.