Katie Amos, aged 30, and Lee Johnston, 29, travelled to the US on St Stephen’s Day, two days before the unexpected arrival of their son Dax.
The proud parents, from Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincolnshire, have been told they cannot return safely to the UK with Dax, who weighs just 1.4kg, until his original due date in March.
Friends and work colleagues in Lincolnshire have now launched an appeal to help cover the couple’s living costs while they wait to discover whether their travel insurance provider will cover their medical bill, which could reach £130,000 (€166,000).
The appeal, which has so far raised over £6,200, is running alongside a Facebook page called ‘Dax’s Tale of New York’ which has attracted over 12,000 likes.
The couple’s friend Richard Crow, who set up the Facebook page, said: “They’re absolutely amazed by the support. The response has been unbelievable.
“It started out as a group of local people wanting to help their mates. Now it’s gone massive.
“Lee’s my best mate. I wanted to help them and give them money to live on. They are stuck out there with no friends, no family, no familiar faces.”
In a short video clip posted online to mark the new year, Johnston, a personal trainer, told friends back in Britain: “Sadly we cannot be with you this year but we thought we would make a video message just to show how appreciative we are of the support we are getting.”