Hospital officials from Orlando Health and Florida Hospital announced they will not be billing survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre for out-of pocket medical expenses but will instead write off an estimated $5.5 million or more in care.
The families of the nine Pulse victims who died shortly after arriving at Orlando Regional Medical Center will also not be charged.
"I was so worried because I can't afford any of that," said Mario Lopez, 34, who was visiting from Miami when he went to the club after a friend's housewarming party.
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.
Lopez's seven-hour hospital visit left him with a nightmarish $20,000 bill that he is now relieved he won't have to pay.
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