Heroic teen was shot 5 times trying to save his classmates' lives
Even though the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which took place on February 14, 2018, left 17 people dead and many others injured, a young man is been considered a hero.
That hero’s name is Anthony Borges, a 15-year-old student who moved from Venezuela to Parkland, Florida, three years ago with the rest of his family as a way to escape the dangerous situation that country is going through.
As reported by Spotlight Stories, he was in one of the classrooms when the shooting started. He didn’t let the situation overwhelm him and stood behind the door while bracing it to protect the other students who were hidden inside.
Since Borges used his very own body as a human shield, five bullets of the shooter’s AR-15 impacted him, causing a critical damage
He was immediately taken to the hospital where he underwent many surgeries. Borges managed to survive all of them and was finally sent home on April 4, 2018.
Alex Arreaza, the family’s lawyer, admitted that the fact that he was an athlete helped him survived as he was in very good shape when everything happened.
Borges’ intention was to play soccer at Barca Academy in Fort Lauderdale, a youth program run by the Futbol Club Barcelona based out of Spain. When his case became public, the players of the team sent him a signed club jersey.
His family, who didn’t have enough money to take care of all the medical procedures he underwent, started a GoFundMe page that helped a lot as they raised almost a million dollars.
While it might seem enough, his physicians set clear that the medical costs and the rest of the therapies he would take may exceed one million dollars.
At the moment, all his family is focused on is to take a good care of Borges, who admitted that he is feeling good again.
That shooting has been taken very seriously by American as almost two million people were present on March 24 for the March for Our Lives, making it one of the largest in protests history.