A hospital is holding a newborn baby hostage until his parents cough up for a hefty hospital bill.
The tot has been banned from leaving the hospital until his mum and dad pay up for a pricey medical bill which came about after the little boy was born prematurely.
The shocking incident is ongoing in the city of Sharjah in Sharjah Emirate, north-eastern United Arab Emirates, after little Kiama Mwangi Kamau was born too early at 25 weeks on 11th February.
The little fighter has battled his way to full health now but doctors are refusing to allow his parents to take him home as they have not settled up for the care he was given.
Mum Ruth Wambui Mwaura from Kenya, had been on holiday in the UAE when she went into labour.
She said: "I had to be rushed to the emergency of the hospital and Kiama was born the next day.
As a result of the care the newborn was given the parents are now facing having to pay a hefty hospital bill of 294,000 AED (63,312 GBP) - an amount they say they will never be able to afford.
Mum Ruth, who had planned the delivery in her home country, continued: "I am currently out of work and my husband is a petrol pump filler. His monthly salary is 1,600 AED (343 GBP) and there is no way we can afford the big amount.
"We certainly were not prepared for something like this. We could not have imagined in our wildest dreams that we would be in this situation.
"It’s very painful for us not to be able to give him a homecoming because we do not have the money."
The hospital have not released a statement and Kiami remains in hospital care. The case is ongoing.