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An Atlanta man says he and his fiancée are being held captive in a Mexico hospital because they can't afford to pay his $14,000 medical bill.

Stephen Johnson was vacationing with his fiancée, Tori Austin, on a Carnival cruise ship headed to Cancun.

Two days into their trip, Johnson fell ill and was diagnosed with diabetes, and infection/inflammation of the pancreas and kidneys.

Ship doctors recommended Johnson seek emergency treatment at a hospital on the mainland. Johnson was rushed to a hospital where he was in intensive care for three days.

Because Johnson and Austin don't have insurance, the hospital demanded payment via cash or credit card on the spot.

Johnson is still too sick to be discharged, but hospital administrators told the couple that, if he is discharged, he can't leave the hospital until he pays.

Austin shared photos of Johnson in a hospital bed with Good American America. "We were physically assaulted by the administrative staff," Austin told GMA from her fiancé's hospital room. "They were physically pushing on him!" she added, before adding that hospital workers "locked the windows".

Austin told GMA that she offered to pay $7,000 in cash upfront and she was willing to work out a payment plan for the remainder of the bill.

Johnson told CBS46 that he is in "hell" and that he and Austin have no idea when they will be allowed to leave the premises.

They are pleading for help from the U.S Embassy and Consulates in Mexico.

Update: Tyler Perry has offered to pay the hospital bills for Stephen Johnson. According to Channel 2 Action News, Perry was watching Good Morning America on Friday morning and saw the couple's plight.

Channel 2's Justin Gray had been texting with the couple when he got a call from Perry offering to help. Johnson and his fiancée are on their way home to Sandy Springs, Ga.

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A Cincinnati emergency room nurse was suspended over a profanity-riddled rant about homosexuals and transgenders in a Facebook post.

Cindy Carter, was placed on administrative leave from her job at the Bethesda Butler Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio, after she launched an attack against homosexuals and transsexuals on Facebook. She wrote, in part that "this country has gone to complete s---! and "these f---ing c--k-sucking h---- think they deserve everything."

Carter posted multiple comments in response to complaints by members of the LGBT community - many of whom are served by the TriHealth Hospitals system.

According to KSHB News, Carter's rant was motivated by Proctor & Gamble's decision to remove the Venus feminine symbol from Always pad wrappers after a female-to-male trans person complained about the packaging on Twitter.com.

In two comments screen shot by Cincinnati Councilman Chris Seelbach, Carter wrote she did not believe in the existence of transgender people, and that "entitled" gay men and "confused woman" were ruining the country. "Men need to be men. Women need to be women."

"This is the reason why transgender people don't feel comfortable going to the doctor, and they don't feel comfortable accessing medical care," said Tristan Vaught, a female-to-male nonbinary activist. "In hospitals, you're not sure who you're going to get."

Councilman Seelbach called for the hospital to fire the nurse. "Nurses should be able to treat anyone regardless of our differences, and having such extreme views and being able to put them out there publicly would make a lot of us apprehensive of wanting a nurse to treat us," said Seelbach, who is openly homosexual.

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"As an LGBTQ+ person, I don't feel comfortable using their services until I know Mrs. Carter would never treat me. Until TriHealth terminates the employment of Carter, I will not be using their services," Seelbach wrote on Monday.

But Vaught disagreed with Seelbach. "I know some wonderful people that work there. I've been in talks with their diversity committee. I don't think, as an organization, this is what they stand for."

Vaught called on TriHealth to make it clear that homophobia and transphobia are not part of their organization.

"I think everyone can be trained to be respectful," Vaught said. "I don't think that you're going to change hearts and minds. I think you can teach people, while they're on the job, while they're clocked in, 'This is the culture that we're going to have.'"

In the past, Carter would've been protected by the First Amendment that guarantees freedom of speech - even if her comments caused hurt feelings. But times have changed in the post-Obama era.

Cameron Wright

A hospital security guard was arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse after he was caught having sex with a deceased woman in a Memphis hospital morgue.

Cameron Wright, 23, of Memphis, was immediately fired after a representative from a transplant organization walked in on him molesting the corpse in a body storage room in the morgue at St. Francis Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The deceased, a 37-year-old kindergarten teacher, died of a heart attack earlier that day.

Her body was placed in the morgue storage room because she agreed to be an organ donor prior to her death.

A security guard escorted the transplant representative to the body storage room to harvest the woman's organs when they walked in and caught Wright in the act.

Hospital officials called the police, and Wright gave a typed statement to investigators confessing to “having vaginal intercourse with the deceased female in the body storage room.”

Wright was a contract employee with U.S. Security Associates based in Roswell, Georgia. The company told hospital officials that he passed a background check.

Wright appeared at a bond hearing on Friday, where Judge Louis Montesi ordered him held in the Shelby County jail on $3,000 bail.

The hospital released a statement that read: “Treating those we serve with dignity and respect is our top priority. The behavior of this individual does not represent what our hospital stands for, and these actions are completely unacceptable.”

UPMC

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was cited for allowing health personnel to take photos and videos of an OR patient with a genital injury.

The incident occurred on December 23, 2016 after the patient walked into the emergency room with a "foreign object" inserted into his penis.

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Denver nurses

Five nurses at a Denver area hospital were suspended for viewing a deceased man's genitals and discussing the size with other hospital staff.

The incident occurred at Denver Health Medical Center between March 31 and April 3, 2017, but it wasn't reported to hospital supervisors until May 8.

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