The government says that she can not pay for the medical evacuation of a New Zealand woman who is seriously ill in Bali.
Abby Hartley from Hamilton experienced severe pain on the first day of a vacation with her husband Richard on August 1st and she was rushed to a private hospital in Nusa Dua, Denpasar.
According to a Givealittle page set up by her daughter Sophie, Abby's bowel was contorted, cutting off blood flow to a part of it, and while emergency surgery went well, she went to acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Doctors decided to put her in an induced coma and started feeding her oxygen through a gas mask. She also developed a serious infection of the breast causing one of her lungs to collapse. The family says she has since moved to a public hospital, but antibiotics are not working for her now.
Her insurance company refused to pay the hospital bills and the family set up a page on Givealittle to help cover them.
"The longer we stay sick, and the bills keep rising, we have to take her home," Richard Hartley told the NZ Herald.
He had emailed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on August 18 and Minister Winston Peters of Foreign Affairs has now responded with the announcement that the government can not help.
"I understand that Abby's situation is a very challenging situation," Peters said in his reply, quoted by NZ Herald.
"However, I have to confirm that the New Zealand government is unable to finance the costs of medical care for evacuations for New Zealanders who fall ill while abroad."
He advised to approach their insurers and the New Zealand embassy in Jakarta for consular assistance.
"I wish Abby the best with her recovery and hope she is good enough to return to New Zealand soon."
Mr. Hartley said that getting Abby to New Zealand would cost up to $ 160,000.
He said the medical bills were nearly $ 100,000 and are still rising.
$ 158,000 was donated on the Givealittle page.