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Idaho teacher to be released from Mexican hospital but forced to pay $40G

FOX News

A retired Idaho school teacher who claims a Mexican hospital is holding her hostage will be released on Friday on condition she pay the remainder of her $40,000 medical bill, according to her family. Vikki Moormann, a former English teacher at Coeur d'Alene High School in Idaho, was vacationing in the Mexican coastal city of Nuevo Vallarta with her sister-in-law in late April when she began vomiting uncontrollably. After checking into the Hospital San Javier Riviera Nayarit, she was told by doctors that she had a urinary tract infection and was on the brink of pneumonia – a diagnosis that seemed strange to Moormann, who said that aside from her stomach issues she felt fine. She was later diagnosed with Ketoacidosis and placed into a medically induced coma so that doctors could use an intubation tube to treat her condition, according to her family. Moormann's son, Ryen, told Fox News his mother is expected to be released on Friday but said the family is forced to pay thousands of dollars in fees -- a bill Moormann said might be part of an extortion plot.

Retired Idaho teacher held hostage in Mexican hospital over unpaid bill

FOX News

The children of a retired Idaho schoolteacher are frantically trying to get their mother free from the Mexican hospital where she is being held and return her to the United States. Vikki Moormann, a former English teacher at Coeur d'Alene High School in Idaho, was vacationing in the Mexican coastal city of Nuevo Vallarta with her sister-in-law in late April when she fell ill. After a routine visit to the doctor's office, Moormann was sent to a local hospital, and that is where the real trouble began. Soon after she was admitted, Moormann's son, Ryen, received a call from the hospital saying that unless the family immediately paid her bill, she would not be released. The family was also sent an itemized bill from the hospital for a total of $35,000.

Sean Astin says mother Patty Duke suffered 'terribly' before death

Los Angeles Times

At the time of her passing, Patty Duke was in a tremendous amount of pain, "Entertainment Tonight" has learned via an interview with Duke's son Sean Astin. Anna "Patty Duke" Pearce died Tuesday morning at the age of 69 in a Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, hospital where, Astin reports, she was surrounded by family. "She had been suffering terribly," Astin said, speaking of the painful battle that Duke had waged against sepsis following a ruptured intestine. Patty Duke, like so many child actors before and after, lived her life in the public eye. That spotlight brought to focus her most private struggles as she became a powerful advocate for mental illness awareness in addition to being a gifted actress.

U.S. sees daily record of nearly 80,000 new COVID-19 cases

The Japan Times

Washington – A record of nearly 80,000 new COVID-19 infections over the course of a day were reported in the United States on Friday, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. Between 8:30 p.m. Thursday and the same time Friday, 79,963 infections were recorded, bringing the total number since the start of the pandemic to nearly 8.5 million in the country. The United States had already approached the bar of 80,000 daily cases in July, largely due to new infections in southern states such as Texas and Florida, where the virus was then spreading out of control. The worst current outbreaks are in the north and Midwest, and some 35 of the 50 states are seeing an increase in case numbers. The number of deaths over 24 hours has remained broadly stable since the beginning of autumn, with between 700 and 800.


FOX News

Nichole Thiel faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted. At the time of the alleged encounters, Thiel was a 46-year-old culinary arts teacher at Lake Pend Orielle High School in Sandpoint, while the student was 16. Attorney Michael Palmer also noted that the teen's mother had recently filed a claim against the Lake Pend Orielle School District. "[The student] has a massive incentive to get her convicted," Palmer told the jury, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press.