Anthony Borges, the 15-year-old Parkland hero who risked his life to save the lives of classmates, has taken a “turn for the worse.” Those are the words that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School coach Marilyn Rule tweeted yesterday about the teenager who was shot five times on Feb. 14 at his school, which left 17 dead and more injured. He had been recovering positively, but Rule tweeted that he was in the ICU and on a ventilator after having emergency surgery. A Miami ABC news affiliate also reports that doctors have placed Borges in a medically-induced coma.
After weeks of trying to recover from the shooting, Anthony Borges was rushed to emergency surgery.
Please continue prayers for Anthony?????? It appears that he took a turn turn for the worst today and is back in ICU on a ventilator. He had an emergency surgery today and another scheduled for tomorrow!??????He needs lots of prayers❣️?????????
— Marilyn Rule (@rule_marilyn) March 8, 2018
This latest update on the student comes a day after a lawyer for the family announced that they would be suing the school district, the sheriff’s department, and the school principal for failing to protect the teen from the mass shooting.
“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,” lawyer Alex Arreaza wrote in a letter, according to ABC News.
The letter goes on to say: “Due to his condition, Borges is currently unable to walk and has a great deal of difficulty performing rudimentary tasks for himself, requiring assistance constantly.”
His family has increased their GoFundme goal to $1 million after having raised more than $600,000 dollars.
In case you haven't heard of Anthony Borges. He's 15. He plays soccer. He's a student at #MarjoryStonemanDouglasHighSchool He saved 20 lives by holding a door closed, while getting shot 5 times. Help his family pay the medical… https://t.co/PA3vcW7YrO by #lizditz via @c0nvey pic.twitter.com/yp8k3fyB85
— Matt (@mtavp) February 20, 2018
Not only will this money help his hospital bills but will also now pay for their legal representation.
While Borges remains hospitalized, his story has reached millions worldwide.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 1, 2018
As a fan of the Barcelona soccer team, Borges always wanted to travel to Spain to meet them. Now the team is helping that dream come true by inviting him to Spain to see them play. And they also signed a jersey made especially for him.
We hope Borges will soon recover so he can meet all of the people who’s life he’s touched.