Florida school shooting victim who used body to shield others released from hospital
The last Florida school shooting victim has been released from hospital more than one and a half months after the deadly attack.
Anthony Borges, 15, was shot five times while using his own body as a shield to protect his classmates.
In a February interview with Good Morning America, one of Borges’ classmates recounted his actions.
“None of us knew what to do. So, he took the initiative to just save his other classmates,” Carlos Rodriguez said.
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He explained that Borges was trying to close the classroom door as alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz approached. Unable to close it on time, Borges stood in the doorway while he was being shot at in order to shield his 20 classmates.
Since then, Borges has had a tough recovery process.
A third of his lung had to be removed. He was shot once close to his liver, and three other times in his legs.
“I feel good,” Borges said, speaking to NBC News Wednesday. “I thought I was going to die.”
Borges is now at home and receiving letters from around the world with words of encouragement and support. Many of them are from the family’s home country of Venezuela.
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The family’s lawyer, Alex Arreaza, told the news outlet that they plan on suing Broward County, Broward County Public Schools and the sheriff’s office, for their “failure to protect students.”
“Disappointed is to put it mildly,” Arreaza said.
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