August 31, 2016 at 2:17 pm EST | by Staff reports
Hospitals to cover Pulse victims’ health costs
Pulse, Orlando, gay news, Washington Blade, Orlando Health

The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two hospitals have announced they will not bill victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre they treated.

The Orlando Sentinel reported officials from Orlando Health and Florida Hospital made the announcement on Aug. 24.

“The Pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community,” said Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong. “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 Sentinel reported that the Orlando Regional Medical Center, which is Orlando Health’s primary hospital, treated 44 of the more than 50 people who were injured during the June 12 shooting that left 49 people dead. The Pulse nightclub is a few blocks south of the hospital.

Mario Lopez, who was shot during the massacre, told the Orlando Sentinel that he faced a $20,000 medical bill. He was quick to welcome the hospitals’ announcement.

“It’s a huge relief,” said Lopez.

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