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Good news for U.K. couple facing big bills after baby born in NYC

Last Updated Jan 5, 2015 9:23 AM EST

A British couple worried about a possible $200,000 hospital bill after their baby was born prematurely on a trip to New York City won't have to worry about the medical expenses after all.

Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan said in a statement to CBS News Saturday that it would ensure that "there will be no financial impact to the family," whose ordeal garnered media attention in the U.K. and the U.S.

The hospital said it would work with the family's insurance carrier regarding payment "for all services rendered by the hospital, anesthesia and physician services."

A Facebook page set up to raise money for the family also posted that "all medical bills will be covered."

Katie Amos and her fiancé Lee Johnston were enjoying a holiday getaway to New York when she unexpectedly went into labor Sunday while walking through Central Park. Baby Dax was born 11 weeks early, weighing just 3 pounds.

Doctors said the boy won't be ready to go home until March. In the meantime, the U.K. Independent reports the new parents have been given accommodations at a nearby Ronald McDonald House, which helps families of hospital patients free of charge.

"We feel quite stranded at the moment, we are stuck here without our family," Johnston told the Daily Mirror newspaper. "It is scary because we don't know anyone so we are completely on our own. We just really want to get home, but the main thing is Dax is as safe and as well as possible."

To help cover the medical bills, the couple posted their story and an appeal for donations on the website GoGetFunding.com, under the title "Dax's Tale of New York."

Lenox Hill said its staff was helping the couple communicate with their family back home.