A mother who was on holiday celebrating her birthday has been left with thousands of pounds to pay after falling ill.
Maxine Howell was in Cancún, Mexico for her 50th birthday when she was struck down with pneumonia and bronchiolitis.
She was taken to hospital for life saving treatment which has now left her in £200,000 worth of debt.
Her holiday insurer Axa told her family it will not cover the bulk of her treatment costs.
Ms Howell's family said the refusal was because she had been prescribed an inhaler in the last few years.
Her family said they didn't know she had an inhaler as she didn't use it.
Ms Howell’s daughter, Elle Lowe, said:
AXA said in a response to the family:
Maxine's family have been told by the insurers that she will be flown back to Birmingham QE11 Hospital in the next couple of days.
That is because Maxine's kidneys have deteriorated and the insurers believe the cost of flying her back will be similar to the cost of caring for her in Mexico.
The cost of the journey back will be added to the bill.