Grandma stranded in Mexico after heart attack returns home

Dixie Stinson came home from Mexico Tuesday night.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A Lafayette woman is back in Indiana after her family says a hospital in Mexico refused to let her leave.

Dixie Stinson and her relatives arrived home at Indianapolis International Airport late Tuesday night. They're happy to be home after a medical emergency turned into an even bigger nightmare.

"Oh thank god I'm back," Stinson said. "I'm so thankful to be back on American soil."

"I'm just glad it's over with and we're all here now," said Mary Richardson, Stinson's daughter.

Stinson suffered a heart attack last week in Cancun, while she was there for her granddaughter's wedding. Throughout her treatment, she racked up more than $100,000 in medical costs.

"When they wanted to do the surgery to clear the blockage, my daughter had to take $24,000 off of her credit cards," Stinson said.

Her family says the hospital would not discharge her and even threatened jail time if they didn't pay the bill in full.

"We had some pretty scary moments...my husband did, with a lot of things that I didn't realize were happening," Stinson said. "They were saying that if it didn't get paid, that I could not go home. The bill came to over $111,000 for the two stents."

The hospital has disputed the family's claims.

A GoFundMe page set up to help cover the Stinsons' costs has raised $30,000.

"It really made my heart feel warm that people, some of them we didn't even know, would give up their money to help us out with our medical bills," Stinson said.