Two central Florida hospitals will not charge survivors of the Pulse nightclub terror attack for out-of-pocket medical expenses, officials said Wednesday.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that the Orlando Health and Florida Hospital will write off more than $5 million in health care.
"The pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community," Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong said in a statement. "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."
The Orlando Regional Medical Center treated 44 of the more than 50 victims in the nightclub massacre on June 12. The attack left 49 people dead. The facility is just blocks from the Pulse nightclub.
Hospital officials said that the families of the nine victims who died at the Orlando Regional Medical Center won’t be billed either.
Orlando Health spokeswoman Kena Lewis said that bills will be sent to health insurers for patients who had medical coverage, but for those who didn’t it would be cover by the hospital chain.
Florida Hospital officials said it wouldn’t bill the victims insurance for treatments or follow-up surgeries, the Sentinel reported.
"It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting," Daryl Tol, Florida Hospital's president and CEO, told the newspaper. "We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando."