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Orlando Nightclub Shooting Survivors Have Hospital Costs Waived

'This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward.'

25/08/2016 14:46

Survivors of the Orlando nightclub massacre will not be charged for the treatment they received following the attack, hospital officials in the US city have said.

About  £4.2 million in medical care expenses will be written off following the attack in June, which claimed the lives of 49 people.

“The Pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community,” David Strong, Orlando Health President and CEO said, reports Orlando Sentinel.

“During this very trying time, many organisations, individuals and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support.

“This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward.”

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Survivors of the Orlando nightclub massacre will not be charged for the treatment they received.

The attack, which was carried out by Omar Mateen on June 12, left 53 people needing immediate medical attention.

Orlando Health and Florida Hospital treated 44 of the victims who required immediate medical attention following the attack.

At Orlando Health, which runs a group of hospitals,  bills will be sent to insurance companies for patients who did have coverage, but anything that those policies do not cover will be absorbed by the hospital chain.

Families of those who died will also not be charged for medical care, hospital officials said.

Mateen opened fire inside gay nightclub Pulse Orlando and took several hostages in a three-hour standoff with police. 

More than 300 people were inside the nightclub at the time of the attack, which happened at about 2am.

The 29-year-old was eventually shot dead by police in what was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Terrorist group so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but it remains unclear the extent of the extremists  

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