On April 4, Anthony Borges, 15, was released from the hospital. He had been the most gravely injured of the students who survived the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen students and staff were killed, and 17 others, including Anthony, were wounded.
Anthony had been severely injured while protecting about 20 other students from the murderous Nikolas Cruz. He closed the classroom door and then barricaded it with his body. He was shot five times. One bullet came perilously close to his liver, and three others tore through his legs. The fifth bullet hit a lung, so the surgeons had to remove about of third of it. They ended up performing nine surgeries all told.
Anthony’s family had originally lived in an apartment several floors up. As he is still very weak from his ordeal, doctors advised the family to move to a ground-level house. Anthony has received letters of support and praise from all over the world, including many from the family’s home country, Venezuela. He also received a video message from Clark Gregg, the actor who plays Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.
Anthony’s parents plan to sue Broward County Public Schools, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and Broward County for their collective failure to protect the students. Their attorney, Alex Arreaea, says that Anthony is still too weak to return to school, and he cannot speak for long periods. Anthony will need to undergo physical therapy, and he may also need treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. According to his family and friends, Anthony is happy to be out of the hospital.
Anthony’s close friend, Carlitos Rodriguez, is another survivor, and he had been on lockdown that day. He agrees with Anthony’s parents that the massacre could have been prevented. He commented, “It shouldn’t have happened on February 14. It shouldn’t have happened ever, not in my school or any other.”