A British tourist who had sex in a remote US desert was left with a £165 000 (R2.91-million) medical bill after the excitement gave him a heart attack.
Peter Cousins, 55, was travelling the world with his partner, Dawn Reed, when they stopped to work on a cowboy ranch in the middle of the Nevada desert.
The pair discovered a natural hot spring while out for a walk, so stripped off and jumped in.
Moments after their tryst, Cousins collapsed and suffered a heart attack – almost 100km from phone signal, forcing Reed to run 5km to flag down a trucker, who called the air ambulance by satellite phone .
Cousins was airlifted to a Reno hospital and had a life-saving stent placed in his heart, but after a five-day stay was presented with a £165 000 medical bill.
To add to his woes, he had to return home to the UK and broke up with Reed, who had to stay and work in the US.
However, Cousins, from Dorset, insisted his outdoor sex was worth it.
“It was the most expensive sex ever. I haven’t been able to pay it off and although it’s always at the back of my mind, I have no regrets. Yes, I will never be able to forget that I owe so much money, but it was worth it for the sex. It’s always worth it.”
Cousins, an artist, and his partner of two years were living in Portugal when they embarked on a round-the-world trip in April 2013. After months on the road, the pair flew to America and started working as chefs on the ranch in the Nevada desert.
Cousins did not have travel insurance. Unable to pay the bill, he travelled back to the UK for further treatment while Reed stayed on the ranch. He is still negotiating with the hospital over the bill.
– The Telegraph