The hospitals in Florida that treated the survivors of the Pulse gay nightclub massacre have said they will not bill the survivors.
Florida Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center, the latter of which treated the majority of the survivors, have said they will not send any bills to any of the Pulse patients.
When a gunman opened fire at Pulse on 12 June, an attack that left 49 people dead, dozens more people were injured.
Nine people who were wounded at the club died at Orlando Regional, a trauma center half a mile from the club. The hospital also treated 44 people, some who were in critical condition for days.
‘Orlando Health has not sent any hospital or medical bills directly to Pulse patients and we don’t intend to pursue reimbursement of medical costs from them,’ a spokesperson said in a statement, saying they will seek payment from other resources such as insurance plans and a victims fund set up by city officials.
Florida Hospital, which treated 12 survivors of the shooting, would not bill for any of its services in this case,.
Daryl Tol, the president of Florida Hospital, said it was ‘incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting’.
‘We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando,’ he said.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the shooting at Pulse, including whether victims with gunshot wounds trapped inside the club during the police stand-off could have survived if they had been treated earlier.
The FBI and Attorney General have described the shooting as both a hate crime and act of terrorism.