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Blyth gran trapped in Mexican hospital is flown back to North East with $100,000 medical bill


A great-grandmother who was trapped in a Mexican hospital for more than a week has been flown home to the North East - with a medical bill of more than $100,000.

Joyce Kettle, 74, flew home on Wednesday but needed an overnight stay in hospital in Cramlington, Northumberland , after coming down with a stomach condition.

The widow fell ill while cruising on board the Marella Discovery II near Cancun last Monday and required emergency heart treatment after suffering breathing difficulties.

But she was shocked to discover her travel insurance through her bank only covered her for European trips.

Joyce’s family was initially told her medical bill had reached $72,626 - or £51,150 - without doctors’ fees.

But the final bill now stands at a staggering $102,966.91 - more than £73,000.

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