Atlanta couple Tori Austin and Stephen Johnson suffered a serious medical emergency while onboard a cruise ship headed to Mexico.
Johnson was rushed to a private hospital in Progreso, Mexico, in critical condition after medics aboard a cruise ship diagnosed him with pancreatitis, diabetes and a kidney infection that required dialysis.

Johnson was “near death,” when he was checked into the hospital, Centro Médico Americano, on Nov. 14. The hospital’s administrator said.”He suffered kidney failure and is currently undergoing dialysis.”

After undergoing an endoscopy, dialysis, three days of intensive care and many other medical procedures, Johnson’s medical bill totaled over $14,000, Austin said. The couple attempted to pay half upfront and arrange a payment plan but the hospital refused the arrangement—and help the couple hostage. 

Luckily for the couple, Tyler Perry saw a news report on the couple’s dilemma and sent a payment to cover the bill, which by then was over $16,000, sources told NBC News.

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