Heroic sur­vivor ‘ do­ing much bet­ter’

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world - By David Flesh­ler

FORT LAUD­ERDALE, Fla. — An­thony Borges, the stu­dent lauded as a hero of the Park­land school shoot­ing, has been up­graded to fair con­di­tion af­ter sev­eral surg­eries for ab­dom­i­nal in­fec­tions.

Shot five times as he blocked a class­room door against the killer, sav­ing the lives of fel­low stu­dents, the 15-year-old is the last vic­tim of the mass shoot­ing at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School to re­main hos­pi­tal­ized. When his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated last week, re­quir­ing him to be re­turned to the in­ten­sive-care unit, there was an out­pour­ing of con­cern around the United States.

But the news this week is all good. His con­di­tion was up­graded from crit­i­cal to fair, Jen­nifer Smith, spokes­woman for Broward Health Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Fort Laud­erdale, said Tues­day. Un­der pri­vacy rules, she could not com­ment on his con­di­tion by name but con­firmed that the con­di­tion of the last vic­tim at the hospi­tal has been up­graded to fair.

He was re­moved from a ven­ti­la­tor Mon­day and is now breath­ing on his own and able to eat, said the fam­ily’s lawyer, Alex Ar­reaza. The ab­dom­i­nal surg­eries ap­pear to have been suc­cess­ful, he said.

“Every­thing went fine,” he said. “He’s do­ing much bet­ter.”

He cau­tioned that An­thony faces a long re­cu­per­a­tion and that he is not out of the woods.

“He’s still re­cov­er­ing from a lot,” he said. “He took five bul­lets from an AR-15.”

The in­fec­tion was caught rel­a­tively late be­cause An­thony suf­fered in si­lence, his lawyer said.

“He’s got a su­per­high thresh­old for pain,” he said. “His in­testines were all twisted up. As tough as he was, he wasn’t com­plain­ing.”

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