Anthony Borges is a real-life superhero. The fifteen-year-old sustained five gunshot wounds while protecting the lives of his classmates during Wednesday’s tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Survivors of the horrific attack recount how Borges jumped into action and intentionally placed his own body between the attacker’s bullets and other high school students. The fearless acts resulted in five bullets striking the brave high school soccer player.
According to students who were with Borges during the Parkland shooting, bullets began flying rapidly in the halls of Building 12 where he and students were trapped. The selfless boy did not hesitate and acted as a human shield as his schoolmates ran into a classroom to hide. Borges then stood in the doorway while trying to lock the classroom door and save others.
Once inside the classroom, Borges called his father to inform him that he had been shot.
The Broward County Sheriff’s office reported that the boy was called a “hero” by classmates who survived uninjured, while Borges had been shot five times.
Remarkably, the young man who helped save others, survived the shooting. But the boy would need need critical medical care.
On Sunday, Sheriff Scott Israel posted a message on Facebook, saying it was an “honor” to visit Borges, “Fortunately, he is recovering — but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed.”
It would later be revealed that the 15-year-old lead 20 students into the classroom to safety on Wednesday. All of the others were uninjured. Anthony Borges is the definition of a superhero.
The young soccer player’s condition was upgraded at Broward Health North Hospital from critical to fair over the weekend. Officials say he will require much more medical care including additional surgeries. He is one of four patients who remain hospitalized from the Parkland shooting which claimed 17 lives.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to aid Anthony Borges and his family.