American couple have four month vigil in Burnley after twins born 15 weeks early

Lancashire Telegraph: Safely home at last Safely home at last

AN AMERICAN couple’s week-long visit to Rossendale turned into a four month hospital vigil after their unborn twins had to be delivered 15 weeks early.

Today Nicholas and Lindsey Mandic sent a transatlantic thank you to Burnley General for their ‘incredible’ lifesaving work.

The couple were visiting Edenfield to spread the ashes of Nicholas’ late grandmother, who was born there, when Lindsey fell ill and was taken to Burnley General.

She was admitted for observation to the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre before giving birth to her baby twins two days later.

Lindsey said: “It was obviously a complete surprise and a very scary couple of days, but the twins were doing great and everyone at the hospital was an incredible help.”

The new parents had to stay in Briercliffe for the next four months so they could remain close to the infants in intensive care.

Twins Ava and Nicholas progressed well and remained in the Trust’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until they were well enough to be flown by special air ambulance to a hospital in their parents’ home town in Ohio.

Both Ava and Nicholas are now described as ‘extremely well.’ The couple said in a statement: “We have spent many hours trying to put into words how we felt about our time in the Burnley NICU, but honestly words will never be able to express our feelings for all the consultants, doctors and nurses on the unit.

“We have countless memories of our three and a half months in the NICU Unit, most of them bring a smile to my face thanks to the devoted and personable staff. “Looking back we can honestly say there was never a moment where we ever questioned the quality of care our twins received.”

The family first went into Burnley General Hospital on June 14, they were flown home on October 5. The cost of the family’s medical treatment and flight home were covered by their travel insurance.

Of their time in the care of the NHS, Clare Carroll, Matron of NICU at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It is an honour to care for vulnerable babies and their parents. We have a very dedicated team.

“It has been a pleasure to meet Nicholas and Lindsey and support them on this difficult journey. “We look forward to more transatlantic updates on the twins’ progress through the early years. All the staff wish the family all the best for the future.”

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8:51am Thu 5 Dec 13

DaveBurnley says...

A good start in life, to be born in Lancashire!
A good start in life, to be born in Lancashire! DaveBurnley

12:19pm Thu 5 Dec 13

peely says...

Like to see what would have happened if this had been the other way round?
A bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars , I know they didn't,t plan it and you can't just leave her on the street to deliver but charity should be a two way street ! The yanks owe us big time , send their government a bill !
Like to see what would have happened if this had been the other way round? A bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars , I know they didn't,t plan it and you can't just leave her on the street to deliver but charity should be a two way street ! The yanks owe us big time , send their government a bill ! peely

1:02pm Thu 5 Dec 13

gazza1980 says...

What a nice, heart warming story.

Funny how life has a way of coming round full circle. The dad's grandmother was born here. They make the journey back to spread her ashes (for what may quite possibly be the only time they'll ever visit here), and end up having their own kids born as Lancastrians just like their great grandmother.

All the best to the twins and their parents.
What a nice, heart warming story. Funny how life has a way of coming round full circle. The dad's grandmother was born here. They make the journey back to spread her ashes (for what may quite possibly be the only time they'll ever visit here), and end up having their own kids born as Lancastrians just like their great grandmother. All the best to the twins and their parents. gazza1980

2:26pm Thu 5 Dec 13

kenbro says...

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a comment kenbro

2:35pm Thu 5 Dec 13

kenbro says...

Hi Peely. I'm a Blackburn lad living in USA. About 20 years ago, we were on a visit to England. Had a bad spell on Dartmoor and finished up in Plymouth Hospital for a few hours. A few months later I got a bill from the NHS which I happily paid as the service had been very good.
Don't assume that these folks got all that care and attention for free. I suspect that the NHS will be billing their insurance company.
With the private health care system over here, no one should visit the States without good insurance.
Good to hear that we will have two more Lancastrians over here.
Hi Peely. I'm a Blackburn lad living in USA. About 20 years ago, we were on a visit to England. Had a bad spell on Dartmoor and finished up in Plymouth Hospital for a few hours. A few months later I got a bill from the NHS which I happily paid as the service had been very good. Don't assume that these folks got all that care and attention for free. I suspect that the NHS will be billing their insurance company. With the private health care system over here, no one should visit the States without good insurance. Good to hear that we will have two more Lancastrians over here. kenbro

3:08pm Thu 5 Dec 13

velocityowl says...

peely wrote:
Like to see what would have happened if this had been the other way round?
A bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars , I know they didn't,t plan it and you can't just leave her on the street to deliver but charity should be a two way street ! The yanks owe us big time , send their government a bill !
Covered by their travel insurance.
[quote][p][bold]peely[/bold] wrote: Like to see what would have happened if this had been the other way round? A bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars , I know they didn't,t plan it and you can't just leave her on the street to deliver but charity should be a two way street ! The yanks owe us big time , send their government a bill ![/p][/quote]Covered by their travel insurance. velocityowl

4:07pm Thu 5 Dec 13

DaveBurnley says...

peely wrote:
Like to see what would have happened if this had been the other way round?
A bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars , I know they didn't,t plan it and you can't just leave her on the street to deliver but charity should be a two way street ! The yanks owe us big time , send their government a bill !
Why didn't you read the article before posting? Or was that too much to ask?
[quote][p][bold]peely[/bold] wrote: Like to see what would have happened if this had been the other way round? A bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars , I know they didn't,t plan it and you can't just leave her on the street to deliver but charity should be a two way street ! The yanks owe us big time , send their government a bill ![/p][/quote]Why didn't you read the article before posting? Or was that too much to ask? DaveBurnley

4:38pm Thu 5 Dec 13

rumblesteveskin says...

....and if these people would have been Romanian / Bulgarian / Polish would it have made a nice cheery story?
....and if these people would have been Romanian / Bulgarian / Polish would it have made a nice cheery story? rumblesteveskin

7:35pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Copperhead says...

rumblesteveskin wrote:
....and if these people would have been Romanian / Bulgarian / Polish would it have made a nice cheery story?
No - because people of these nationalities are exploiting the NHS every day of the year.
This is a cheery story because the people involved are NOT eastern-European benefit scroungers.
[quote][p][bold]rumblesteveskin[/bold] wrote: ....and if these people would have been Romanian / Bulgarian / Polish would it have made a nice cheery story?[/p][/quote]No - because people of these nationalities are exploiting the NHS every day of the year. This is a cheery story because the people involved are NOT eastern-European benefit scroungers. Copperhead

8:53pm Thu 5 Dec 13

stupidisasstupiddoes says...

My son was born in July and had to be taken to NICU, I saw these beautiful babies in the incubator next to my baby , I cannot describe how tiny they were and it really was heartbreaking to see, I have just come across this story and both me and my husband are overjoyed to read that these gorgeous little cherubs are happy healthy babies, fantastic news. To anyone even discussing the notion of money, you have clearly never been in that situation or had to witness a baby the size of your hand hooked up to machines, what a disgrace American polish Bulgarian or any other nationality these little babies deserved help.
My son was born in July and had to be taken to NICU, I saw these beautiful babies in the incubator next to my baby , I cannot describe how tiny they were and it really was heartbreaking to see, I have just come across this story and both me and my husband are overjoyed to read that these gorgeous little cherubs are happy healthy babies, fantastic news. To anyone even discussing the notion of money, you have clearly never been in that situation or had to witness a baby the size of your hand hooked up to machines, what a disgrace American polish Bulgarian or any other nationality these little babies deserved help. stupidisasstupiddoes

9:15pm Thu 5 Dec 13

rumblesteveskin says...

Copperhead wrote:
rumblesteveskin wrote:
....and if these people would have been Romanian / Bulgarian / Polish would it have made a nice cheery story?
No - because people of these nationalities are exploiting the NHS every day of the year.
This is a cheery story because the people involved are NOT eastern-European benefit scroungers.
These Eastern Europeans who do they think they are coming over here flying for the RAF and winning the wars of the skies in WW2, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie pioneering the fight against cancer, Mariana Rejewskiego, Jerzego Różyckiego & Henryka Zygalskiego the real code breakers behind the enigma machine and all those recent hard working arrivals that pay 100 times more in National Insurance than they claim in benefits (because despite what the Daily Mail says they cant claim benefits), shocking bunch of people.

On the other hand, you my friend are probably a very upstanding member of the community who is charitable, helpful and a delight to be around, working hard for a living and never ever taking what is not their's.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rumblesteveskin[/bold] wrote: ....and if these people would have been Romanian / Bulgarian / Polish would it have made a nice cheery story?[/p][/quote]No - because people of these nationalities are exploiting the NHS every day of the year. This is a cheery story because the people involved are NOT eastern-European benefit scroungers.[/p][/quote]These Eastern Europeans who do they think they are coming over here flying for the RAF and winning the wars of the skies in WW2, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie pioneering the fight against cancer, Mariana Rejewskiego, Jerzego Różyckiego & Henryka Zygalskiego the real code breakers behind the enigma machine and all those recent hard working arrivals that pay 100 times more in National Insurance than they claim in benefits (because despite what the Daily Mail says they cant claim benefits), shocking bunch of people. On the other hand, you my friend are probably a very upstanding member of the community who is charitable, helpful and a delight to be around, working hard for a living and never ever taking what is not their's. rumblesteveskin

11:43pm Thu 5 Dec 13

lex225 says...

peely wrote:
Like to see what would have happened if this had been the other way round?
A bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars , I know they didn't,t plan it and you can't just leave her on the street to deliver but charity should be a two way street ! The yanks owe us big time , send their government a bill !
Peely: the couples AMERICAN insurance paid the bill, thank you
[quote][p][bold]peely[/bold] wrote: Like to see what would have happened if this had been the other way round? A bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars , I know they didn't,t plan it and you can't just leave her on the street to deliver but charity should be a two way street ! The yanks owe us big time , send their government a bill ![/p][/quote]Peely: the couples AMERICAN insurance paid the bill, thank you lex225

4:12am Fri 6 Dec 13

Vic_toria says...

rumblesteveskin wrote:
....and if these people would have been Romanian / Bulgarian / Polish would it have made a nice cheery story?
These guys were on a holiday you moron they had travel insurance and no intentions of staying / heaven forbid anything should happen to you whilst abroad they weren't here seeking refuge or benefits their premature babies were born and kept alive and their travel insurance billed for the care should you want to read the story properly - negativity hunters get one waz!! Congratulations to yhe new parents they must have been terrified but it's nice to read a good story with a happy ending praising our NHS staff
[quote][p][bold]rumblesteveskin[/bold] wrote: ....and if these people would have been Romanian / Bulgarian / Polish would it have made a nice cheery story?[/p][/quote]These guys were on a holiday you moron they had travel insurance and no intentions of staying / heaven forbid anything should happen to you whilst abroad they weren't here seeking refuge or benefits their premature babies were born and kept alive and their travel insurance billed for the care should you want to read the story properly - negativity hunters get one waz!! Congratulations to yhe new parents they must have been terrified but it's nice to read a good story with a happy ending praising our NHS staff Vic_toria

4:15am Fri 6 Dec 13

Vic_toria says...

lex225 wrote:
peely wrote:
Like to see what would have happened if this had been the other way round?
A bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars , I know they didn't,t plan it and you can't just leave her on the street to deliver but charity should be a two way street ! The yanks owe us big time , send their government a bill !
Peely: the couples AMERICAN insurance paid the bill, thank you
These guys were on a holiday you moron they had travel insurance and no intentions of staying / heaven forbid anything should happen to you whilst abroad they weren't here seeking refuge or benefits their premature babies were born and kept alive and their travel insurance billed for the care should you want to read the story properly - negativity hunters get on my waz!! Congratulations to yhe new parents they must have been terrified but it's nice to read a good story with a happy ending praising our NHS staff
[quote][p][bold]lex225[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peely[/bold] wrote: Like to see what would have happened if this had been the other way round? A bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars , I know they didn't,t plan it and you can't just leave her on the street to deliver but charity should be a two way street ! The yanks owe us big time , send their government a bill ![/p][/quote]Peely: the couples AMERICAN insurance paid the bill, thank you[/p][/quote]These guys were on a holiday you moron they had travel insurance and no intentions of staying / heaven forbid anything should happen to you whilst abroad they weren't here seeking refuge or benefits their premature babies were born and kept alive and their travel insurance billed for the care should you want to read the story properly - negativity hunters get on my waz!! Congratulations to yhe new parents they must have been terrified but it's nice to read a good story with a happy ending praising our NHS staff Vic_toria

5:38pm Sat 7 Dec 13

onsidecobra says...

Good luck Ave & Nicholas, have a great life and be proud of where you were born.
Good luck Ave & Nicholas, have a great life and be proud of where you were born. onsidecobra

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