The massacre at Pulse Orlando already feels like it happened in the distant past, even though it was only a month ago. While many Americans have moved on with their lives, the victims of the deadliest shooting in American history have struggled with their new reality. Now, at least one burden has been taken off many of the survivors: Orlando Health and Florida Hospital will forgive millions of dollars in medical bills for Pulse shooting victims and survivors.
According to Out, charity organizations are largely to thank for the incredible gesture of compassion. “This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward,” said Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong.
"It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting," added Daryl Tol, Florida Hospital's president and CEO. "We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando."
The amount of debt forgiven totals up to more than $5.5 million.
Many victims' financial lives could have been ruined by the amount of money incurred through health care costs. "I was so worried because I can't afford any of that," said Mario Lopez, who was injured at Pulse. "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," concluded Lopez, reflecting on the news.
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