An alarming new report suggests that a hospital in Cancun treated a vacationing American couple very, very badly.
A Mexican hospital tried to extort new parents who had to give birth to a baby prematurely while vacationing in Cancun, the parents are claiming. The parents have since gone home to Indiana, but the parents say the hospital in Cancun has been demanding more than $30,000 in payments.
Michaela Smith and Larry Ralph were vacationing in Cancun when they had to be rushed to Hospiten Cancun when Michaela started to feel contractions all of the sudden. Their baby, Beckham, was born via emergency C-section despite not being due until Oct. 7.
The parents say the hospital threatened to throw them out without payment and called it “strong-arm tactics,” according to an interview with local TV station WRTV.
The parents say they were charged $3,000 up front before Michaela would even be cared for, and charged them another $4,000 just to see their baby. And then the hospital reportedly want tens of thousands more for continued care. At one point, the hospital allegedly demanded $30,000 in an hour or face being kicked out.
The hospital allegedly held onto the baby and wouldn’t release him to the parents until they get their money, prompting the couple to start a GoFundMe page. Fortunately, once more and more people got involved in the United States, including their congressman, the demands reportedly began to fall and the hospital made more excuses, claiming they never held the child for payment. Little Beckham has since been returned to his parents.