Parkland Student Who Shielded Others During Shooting Released from Hospital

15-year-old Anthony Borges barricaded a door closed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, using his body as a shield while the shooter looked to gun down students hiding inside.

Anthony took five bullets: three to his legs, one close to his liver, and another that forced a third of his lung to be removed. After nine surgeries and almost two months, Borges is now home from the hospital.

Borges told Today‘s Kerry Sanders he thought he was going to die.

His family had to move from their walkup apartment to a different unit in their building because doctors told them Anthony will not be able to manage stairs for a while as he continues to recover from his wounds. They intend to sue Broward County, Broward County Public Schools and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for their inability to protect students from the shooting.

Meanwhile, the family has received boxes of letters hailing Anthony as a “hero,” and “the real Iron Man.” When Sanders asked if he knew people thought of him as a hero, though, Anthony weakly shook his head.

Watch above, via NBC News.

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