Anthony Borges

Parkland teen shot five times while shielding classmates from gunfire is fighting for his life: Officials

The only victim still hospitalized following the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and teachers dead has reportedly gone from fair to critical condition, a hospital spokesperson announced Thursday.

Student-athlete Anthony Borges’ family told the Sun-Sentinel that the 15-year-old is in stable condition after undergoing surgery Wednesday and Thursday. However, teacher Marilyn Rule tweeted that Borges took a turn for the worse on Thursday, and was sent back to the intensive care unit where he was placed on a ventilator.

According to CNN, Broward Health spokeswoman Jennifer Smith also said Thursday that Borges is in critical condition. Additionally, the Miami Herald reported that Borges’ father said his teen son underwent emergency surgery this week after an MRI detected a possible infection and an ulcer in his small intestine from the bullets that pierced his body.

“They decided to intervene and cut that section of the small intestine so that my son’s life wasn’t further compromised,” he added.

“They will make three or four more trips to the operating room during these coming days. They want to make sure they clean well and that all his organs are out of danger. I thank you all for your support and please do not stop praying for him and my family.”

Borges is said to have been shot five times when he blocked a classroom door, likely saving several students’ lives.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the injured student’s family recently filed a lawsuit against the high school and Broward County, accusing them of negligence. The family reportedly wants the school district and county to cover Borges’ mounting medical bills—which will likely exceed $1 million.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page intended to cover Borges’ medical costs has brought in more than $661,000 as of Friday afternoon.

 

[Featured Image: Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP]