In June the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which killed 49 people in the LGBTQ community, took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Two hospitals, Orlando Health and Florida Hospital, were flooded with critically injured patients following the horrific actions of a disturbed lone gunman.
However, after what seems like one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history, both hospitals shared a surprising revelation that has managed to restore many people’s faith in humanity.
The hospitals announced on Wednesday that none of the shooting victims were charged for any medical expenses, and the hospital does not plan to any future reimbursement.
“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,” said Sabrina Childress, a spokeswoman for Orlando Health.
Orlando Health also said it would seek other options to help victims who with costs related to ongoing treatment.
“These include state and federal funds, private insurance, victim funds like the One Orlando fund, disability insurance, Florida’s crime victim compensation program, funding sources established for individual victims, means-tested programs like Medicaid, as well as charity care provided by Orlando Health,” the hospital said in a statement.
However, even with the funding options in place, Orlando Health estimated it’s total unreimbursed cost just north of $5 million.
Daryl Tol, president of Florida Hospital, note that the token mirrored the spirit of the community and their actions following the tragedy.
“It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting,” Tol said in a statement.“We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando.”