It has now been seven weeks since the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 and injured 17 others. Now the final survivor has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
Anthony Borges, 15, saved the lives of more than 20 of his classmates when he threw his body against a door and held it shut while the gunman tried to enter. As a result, Borges was shot five times, including in both of his legs and his back. A third of his lung had to be removed, as well as part of his intestine, and one bullet came “dangerously close to his liver,” according to “TODAY.” He was the most badly injured victim in the Parkland shooting.
The day after the shooting, Borges’ father set up a Go Fund Me page to help cover his son’s medical expenses, which has included nine surgeries. So far, it has raised more than $830,000 toward their $1 million goal.
Hundreds of people have stepped up to donate to help with Anthony’s medical expenses. Many people have also posted encouraging messages, thanking the young man for his bravery.
“Thank you for your enormous kindness at the most stressful time imaginable,” one person wrote.
Another shared this inspiring photo from the March For Our Lives, along with the caption, “Millions of people are hoping for your quick recovery.”
During an interview with NBC’s “Today,” Borges admitted he thought he would die during the shooting. He has received hundreds of letters of support from people around the world thanking him for his bravery.
Check out the emotional clip below:
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 4, 2018
The family’s attorney, Alex Arezza, is preparing a lawsuit, according to CNN. “The failure of Broward County Public Schools, and of the Principal and School Resource Officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” Arreaza wrote in his intent to sue.
He's the Parkland shooting survivor you have not seen or heard from until now. Anthony Borges – 9 surgeries later – is finally home from the hospital. He's the hero who held the door taking 5 bullets but saving all inside his classroom. @TODAYshow exclusive 830am. pic.twitter.com/eDnpvEreP2
— Kerry Sanders (@KerryNBC) April 4, 2018
The family has had to move from their walk-up an apartment to a ground-floor unit to accommodate Borges as he recovers. Borges played soccer at the Borca Academy in Fort Lauderdale, and doctors hope that he will be able to play again one day. The youth program is managed by Futbol Club Barcelona in Spain, and the team sent him a signed team jersey.
We’re wishing this brave young man all the best in his continued recovery!
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas has inspired many people, including thousands of students, to become active in the push for gun control. On March 24, the March For Our Lives rally took place in Washington D.C., and there were reportedly 800 similar marches all over the country on the same day.
Many celebrities have lent their voices to the movement, including “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who performed a moving duet with Broadway star Ben Platt at the Washington D.C. event.
Watch and listen to their moving performance of “Found/Tonight,” a mash-up of “The Story of Tonight” from “Hamilton” and “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Hansen.”
On March 14, students and teachers around the country participated in the National School Walkout to protest gun violence in America and to honor the victims in the Parkland shooting.
Many inspiring images were captured on that day, which was exactly one month after the Florida tragedy.
Students at Crestwood High School in Michigan came together on the football field to send this powerful one-word message:
Meanwhile, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas alumni Instagram posted this touching photo, with “#MSDStrong” written in the sand. The hashtag started trending after the shooting and is meant to honor the resilience of the people who survived that tragedy.
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