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Couple Tyler Perry Helped Pay $14K Hospital Bill To Get Out Of Mexico Is Back Home

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The couple Tyler Perry helped with a $14,000 hospital bill that they had to pay to get out of Mexico is BACK home. More inside…

A couple was held “hostage” in Mexico after a medical scare that raked up a $14K hospital bill. Tyler Perry stepped in, paid the bill and, thankfully, they’re back!

So here’s what happened…

An Atlanta couple – Tori Austin & Stephen Johnson - went to Mexico for BAEcation when 31-year-old Stephen Johnson went into diabetic shock while they were on a Carnival Dream cruise ship. He was reportedly diagnosed with pancreatitis and diabetes and was taken to Progreso, Mexico, where he spent three days in intensive care.

They were then issued a $14,000 medical bill that they couldn’t pay (they didn’t have health or travelers’ insurance). They tried to negotiate with the hospital, but they weren’t having it. They wouldn’t let the couple leave until they coughed up the cash. Their families started a GoFundMe page, but it didn't make enough money to pay their hospital tab.

Tyler Perry got wind of the couple’s situation and decided to pay the couple’s medical bill AND cover their travel expenses to get back to the U.S. It's reported Tyler tried to pay the bill over the phone using his credit card, but they wouldn't accept it. He ended up having to wire the money.

“Today I am thankful for and will always be thankful for Tyler Perry,” Tori wrote on Facebook.

In a statement, the U.S. State Department just told the news site: “We can confirm that U.S. citizen, Stephen Johnson, departed Mexico on November 26. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.”


Once they made it back onto U.S. soil, Tori offered an update, letting everyone know they were back in Atlanta:

Stephen made his way to the hospital here in the U.S. to find out exactly what’s going on with his health:

Tori gave an update on her boyfriend's condition and what her reality is now:

SO glad this couple made it back safely!

Photo: Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com

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