An Australian mother who made a desperate plea for help to bring her eight-month-old daughter home after she was diagnosed with a deadly illness in Thailand has faced another setback.

Elisha Robinson’s daughter Lilliana was diagnosed with septicemia and meningoccal at a Phuket Hospital on Friday.

The Gold Coast mother was told it will cost $120,000 to bring the eight-month-old home, with her insurance only offering to cover her daughter’s transport to Bangkok.

Ms Robinson set up a fundraising page on Facebook to help fund a medical evacuation for Lilliana so she could receive medical attention and undergo rehabilitation.

She also put out a desperate request on the Phuket 101 Community page for O-negative blood to help save her daughter’s life, which was shared 1,500 times.

Kind strangers managed to raise $12,000, but on Monday evening the Robinson family received more traumatic news.

Ms Robinson announced the social media site closed down her fundraiser and returned the money raised to those who had donated.

Facebook sent the mother a generic message telling her the reasons why a fundraising campaign could have been removed, but told her she would have to wait three days for a full response.

Ms Robinson told The Gold Coast Bulletin she shut down her Facebook account after her cousin began receiving abuse from social media trolls, but had no idea deleting her account would mean the fundraising page would also be closed.

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She said: ‘I am disgusted as my daughter does not have three days to wait. ‘I feel helpless all over again.’

Lilliana’s family have been forced to start their efforts all over again via a GoFundMe page on Monday, which has so far raised over $6800.

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  • That’s sad the insurance company will easily take your money and are straight on your case if you dare are late with or miss a payment but they won’t pay out a claim when it is needed. They should cover the whole amount especially with this sick bub needing to be home and an amount they can’t cover easily themselves, poor family.

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  • The insurance company are monsters. Surely they should cover it.

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  • It’s sad the insurance won’t cover bringing this poor bubba home.

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  • The baby has not one but two life threatening diseases so she will have a huge struggle and sadly have little quality of life

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  • I can’t believe the insurance would only cover to get to bankok, isn’t that the whole point of having insurance so if something happens you can get home, maybe the company needs to be named so we can steer clear of them

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  • I’m surprised her insurance isn’t more help.

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  • That seams like an awful large amount of money needed to bring her baby home. I wonder if it’s to cost the needs of medical assistance too. I hope the baby gets home & gets better soon

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  • It’s totally crazy how much it will cost to bring their baby home!

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  • WOW the poor mum and bub, that is ridiculous how much to bring bub home, what is the world coming to.

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  • So incredibly sad. I hope the baby will be ok and can come home soon.

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  • I would have thought the travel insurance would cover it?

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  • I can’t believe it would cost that much to bring a child home. Wonder what the cost involves. Sounds like someone is trying to make money from this terrible situation. Wish her all the best to get her child home safe and delivered into the care she needs.

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  • I am staggered at the amount of money – just shocking!


    • $120,000 to bring a precious baby home – just so sad and why is it so expensive?

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  • Hope the little cute baby gets better and comes home asap

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  • A seriously awful situation but is this the whole story regarding why Facebook shut the account down? Not sure that you can expect a fundraiser through Facebook to continue if you close your account…
    In saying that I very much hope this little one gets better and can make it home soon.

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