Desperate mum is stranded in Cancun after holiday illness leaves her with £200k bill – and now she may lose her home

A MOTHER has been left fighting for her life after she caught pneumonia and bronchiolitis during a holiday to Cancun.

But with her insurer refusing to pay out, she may now lose her home after being handed huge medical bills.

Maxine was in Cancun celebrating her 50th birthday
Maxine was in Cancun celebrating her 50th birthday
Elle Lowe

Maxine Howell, from the West Midlands, was on holiday in Mexico to celebrate her 50th birthday when she was struck down with the illness.

However, her insurance provider Axa have refused to pay out for the majority of her hospital fees after claiming she did not declare she was taking medication for bipolar disorder, according to Birmingham Mail.

She has been left with bills of £200,000 and could face losing her home.

Her daughter Elle Lowe, told Birmingham Live how just a few days into her holiday, she was struggling to breathe before she was hospitalised.

Maxine fell ill days into the holiday, leaving her with £200,000 medical bills
Maxine fell ill days into the holiday, leaving her with £200,000 medical bills
Elle Lowe

She said: “The next thing I knew, she was in hospital and medics carried out a procedure to take fluid off her lungs and put her in a medically-induced coma.

“Knowing my mum went on a dream holiday and could never return is terrifying.”

She was asked to send her mum’s medical documents to Axa, only to be told the insurers could only pay 10.25 per cent of the costs as Maxine did not disclose her bipolar disorder, or that she had used an inhaler in the past.

Her daughter has started a fundraising page to raise money for the costs
Her daughter has started a fundraising page to raise money for the costs
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The family are worried she may lose her home
The family are worried she may lose her home

Maxine would now be liable to pay the remainder of the 89.75 per cent of the medical bills, which is still mounting.

Elle said they had already spent £150,000 and were worried her mum could lose her house.

The family have since started a fundraising page to raise the money to cover the £200,000 costs.

A spokesperson for Axa told Sun Online Travel: “We are aware of Maxine Howell’s situation and are looking into her case.”

Elle said she wanted to “thank everyone” who has already donated as it means “the world” to the family.

An investigation was launched into holiday insurance last year after finding firms were charging 18 times too much for “inferior policies”.

Treasury committee boss Nicky Morgan said it is becoming “increasingly difficult for vulnerable customers to access certain financial services”.

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