WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The cruise line that dropped off an elderly Clearwater couple in Turkey has agreed to cover all out-of-pocket medical expenses the couple incurs as a result of an injury the husband sustained while on a trip.
The couple became aware of the cruise line's decision in an email from the cruise line's VP and Global Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arthur L. Diskin. The couple then shared it with Sen. Bill Nelson's office due to his interest and help with their situation.
In the email, Diskin wrote that Royal Caribbean would "pay any medical bills not covered by insurance so that you do not incur any related out of pocket expenses".
He also told the couple that the cruise line's "focus continues to be on Mr. Melkonian's and your well-being; arranging your travel home; helping you plan for follow-up care; and easing your logistical and financial concerns".
Jill and Dodge Melkonian were on board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship off the coast of Turkey when Dodge fell and broke his hip. The couple was taken off the ship and dropped off at a local hospital in Turkey to be treated. The couple then became desperate for help after they were stranded in a foreign hospital that they insist was in poor condition with no one who spoke English.
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The couple reached out to Sen. Nelson who had his staff contact the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. The couple was moved soon after to an English-speaking hospital where they got the treatment they needed.
Sen. Nelson said Tuesday this was "great news" after hearing the cruise line's decision.