It was an awful tragedy that struck in Orlando, but for survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre, they have one less thing to worry about moving forward.
Orlando Health and Florida Hospital has announced they will not be billing the victims for their medical expenses. The hospital treated 44 of the more than 50 victims that night. The families of the patients who died will not be billed either.The total cost for everyone's bills is estimated at $5.5 million USD.
"During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support. This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward," said Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong.
The hospital has also stated they will not charge for any future surgeries or needs of the patients they treated. According to ABC News, they are also looking in to other health options for survivors, such as disability insurance, Florida's crime victim compensation program, and private insurance companies to help out.
This all comes as a relief to victims of that night. Mario Lopez was grazed by a bullet and split his elbow open on a shard of glass. His 7 hour hospital visit would have cost him $20,000.
"I just went out for a fun night with friends. No one expected this to happen. My life was turned upside down, and then I had to worry about how I was going to pay back the hospital. It's a huge relief [to not have to pay the bill.]", says Lopez.
What an incredible gesture by the hospital to show support for the Pulse victims.